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Gaza Blues: Different Stories

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These two new voices from Israel and Palestine have no common political agenda (they don't talk about politics to each other), but share a stated desire to make the conflict more complex for their readers. Complex as human life is complex: maddening, contradictory, filled with conflicting emotions, weaknesses, dreams, failings. For those who have not travelled to this regi ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by David Paul (first published 1996)
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Usuyitik
Apr 22, 2012 Usuyitik rated it liked it
Shelves: dünya_öykü
bi' israilli etgar keret ve bi'filistinli samir el-youssef 'un yazdıkları kitap. ilgimi çekti çünkü avi pardo çevirmiş. o çevirdiyse bir bildiği vardır. tez zamanda edinmek ve okumak lazım gelir.

etgar keret'in 8-10 kadar öyküsü ve samir el-youssef'in bir uzun öyküsünden oluşan güzelim kitap. itiraf etmem gerekir ki etgar keret'i okurken daha çok keyif aldım. dilinde hep bir mizah var. öykünün olanaklarından yararlanmasını iyi biliyor, yeri geldi mi kurgu oyunları yapıyor. öykülerdeki gerçek-üstü
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MARTI
Etgar Keret ile ucuncu, Samir El-Youssef ile ilk bulusmama vesile oldu Gazze Blues. Ismi gibi ilginc, etkeyici ve sasirtici bir kitap bu. Etgar Keret bazen sadece bir sayfa suren kisacik hikayelerinde okuyucuyu ayni anda hem huzunlendirip hem de gulumsetebiliyor ve bunu yaparken oyle etkili karakterler yaratiyor ki, siz sanki bir film izliyor gibi oluyorsunuz okurken.

Keret ne kadar etkileticiyse El Youssef da o kadar sikici geldi bana maalesef. Kitapta sadee bir hikayesi var ki o da 40 sayfa. Ke
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Thorsten Nesch
Jul 01, 2013 Thorsten Nesch rated it it was amazing
I read a couple of his books. What they all have in common is his natural talent to tell stories that seem to hover slightly above reality. He has a fantasy for situations that I admire. You never know what will happen, no matter how short the short story is. If you read him I suggest doing what I do: one story a day. It lingers on, you take it with you. And he pulled it off with the very nonchalant writing style which you can enjoy without losing the focus on the story. He doesn't show off, he ...more
Tankut Yıldız
"Boktan bir kitap. Belki iki... pardon, üç öykü hariç, gerisi bir boka yaramaz." Bunu ben söylemiyorum, Keret'in bir karakteri söylüyor. Bir kere enfes kapak tasarımı ve ilgi çekici ismiyle büyük beklentiler oluşturan bir kitap Gazze Blues. Kitabında arkasında yatan hikaye ise daha da ilgi çekici: Bir bomba saldırısının ardından Filistinli Samir El-Youssef, İsrailli Etgar Keret'i arayarak "Bir şeyler yapmamız gerek!" diyor ve birlikte bir kitap yapmayı teklif ediyor. Böylece Keret'i okuyan ve ke ...more
charta
Jul 24, 2012 charta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Finita la prima parte, un insieme di racconti dell'israeliano Keret, sono un po' perplessa.
L'intento, fortemente ironico, appare evidente, meno il significato di queste microstorie. Il filo conduttore vorrebbe essere l'insensatezza, spontanea reazione allergica ad una guerra infinita. A me per ora pare invece una bruttissima copia, stilisticamente parlando, de "La metamorfosi" kafkiana.

Librino ultimato, però se mi interrogassero sui contenuti prenderei uno zero secco. I racconti brevi di Keret
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Pepijn de Groot
Dec 31, 2015 Pepijn de Groot rated it it was ok
Er wordt gesuggereerd dat er in deze bundel twee werelden bij elkaar komen: de auteurs die bijdragen hebben geleverd zijn namelijk Israëlisch (Keret) en Palestijns (El-youssef). Van Keret bevat de bundel 15 verhalen, van El-youssef 1. De spreekruimte op papier is weliswaar ongeveer gelijk, maar als je twee werelden bij elkaar brengt wordt de een wel erg arm geïllustreerd ten opzichte van de ander. De vier sterkste verhalen van deze bundel zijn van Keret:
'Buizen', 'Schoenen', 'Voor maar 19,99 sje
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Mike
Jun 01, 2014 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teledyski na papierze, jedne lepsze drugie nie do końca zrozumiałe, ale "Rury", "Buffalo" i opowieść o króliku to totalne must read.
Nesibe
Jul 25, 2014 Nesibe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
etgar bey'in baska kitabinda da bulunan hikayeler var burada, hatta kitapta guzel olanlar o hikayeler.
NikolayM
Aug 10, 2015 NikolayM rated it liked it
"Den som delar sovsäck med en skunk ska förstås inte bli sur om barnen börjar stinka."
Daniel Brewster
Apr 13, 2015 Daniel Brewster rated it it was amazing
First half by Etgar Keret was great, powerful writing. Second half paled in comparison.
Melanie Page
May 31, 2011 Melanie Page rated it really liked it
I give a 5 to Keret and a 3 to El-Youssef. The final piece by El-Youssef seemed to go a bit in circles and without a strong intent. I think the author wanted to demonstrate the restless nature of the main character and how his life is based on drugs and last options, but meh. Keret, on the other hand, was funny, had something important to say in each story, and delivered his message in a way that was not heavy-handed.
Aslı Can
May 15, 2016 Aslı Can rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Güzeldi bence. Zeka parıltılarını yıkıcı yönde değerlendiren yazarları seviyorum.
Esra
Nov 02, 2015 Esra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
İlk yazarın cinsellikten başka birşeyden bahsetmediği yazılarını es geçerseniz, ki bir süre sonra öyle yaptım, Filistinli yazarın kısmında kitabın arka yüzünde bahsedilen içeriğinden- mizah- dahil birşeyler bulup keyif alabilirsiniz. Buna rağmen kanımca okunulası bir kitap değil.
Annett
Aug 29, 2011 Annett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Schräge Geschichten, denen man manchmal die geografische Verortung anmerkt, manchmal nicht. Plausible, irrationale, unerwartete Wendungen machen die Kurzgeschichten des Bandes - in denen auch der Autor selbst schonmal auftritt - zu einem kurzweiligen Lesevergnügen.
Ярослава
Apr 29, 2016 Ярослава rated it liked it
Shelves: litfic
Чи вкурвлює вас так, як це вкурвлює мене, коли ви купуєте збірку оповідань улюбленого письменника, а всі ті оповідання вже були в інших збірках цього письменника (і, відповідно, вже прочитані)?
John
Nov 02, 2008 John rated it liked it
i liked many of these stories better than keret's newer short fiction. the borderline-absurdist standpoint doesn't strike me as being all that effective. maybe i missed the point.
Kenny Brouwers
Dec 29, 2014 Kenny Brouwers rated it it was ok
I liked the well written, witty short stories of Etgar Keret, but the second part of the book failed to fascinate me. Not really my cup of tea.
Melissa
Nov 24, 2008 Melissa rated it it was ok
A little disappointing. "For Just $9.99" was defintely my favorite short story in this collection.
Balthazar
A collaboration between two exciting and weird contemporary writers.
Mehlika
Jun 21, 2013 Mehlika rated it liked it
üzüldüm. keşke bu ülkeyi terk edebilseydim.
öykü
Aug 05, 2013 öykü rated it liked it
Three stars; just for keret
şule
Jan 24, 2013 şule rated it really liked it
şoşi 1, 2, 3 ve borular
Berk
Beğendim.
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Samir El-Youssef is Palestinian and was born in Rashidia refugee camp in southern Lebanon. He arrived in London in 1990 where he has been working as a journalist and novelist. In 2005 he won the Swedish
PEN-Tucholsky Award for promoting the cause of peace and freedom of speech in the Middle East.
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“He felt full of a dense and sour substance that was blocking his chest, and it wasn't grief. After all those years, life now seemed like no more than a trap, a maze, not even a maze, just a room that was all walls, no door.” 27 likes
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