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'Etgar Keret's short stories are fierce, funny, full of energy and insight, and at the same time they are often deep, tragic and very moving.' Amos Oz

A magician tries to pull a rabbit out of a hat, but takes out only its head; a guy brings a girl home with him for the first time only to find that his best friend has pissed on his doorstep; a young man graduates from Magici...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Chatto & Windus (first published 1994)
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julieta
Ultimamente he andado medio distraída y me cuesta concentrarme. Para cualquier cosa, creo que hasta hacerme unas quesadillas es medio complicado en este momento. Pero de buenas, una distracción bonita que no me deja sentarme a hacer nada con mucha seriedad.

Así que leer lo hago a momentos, y es un gran alivio haberme encontrado justo este libro en este momento (gracias Brenda!). Porque me atrapa aunque lea unas palabras, un párrafo, o como lo hice, un cuento a la vez. Tiene una perfecta combinac...more
Agustín Fest
Lo mejor de éste, y me di cuenta tarde, es que algunos personajes se repiten. Se resuelve su historia en otro cuento. Al terminarlo pensé que debía releerlo, hacer mejor memoria de los nombres y de las situaciones para construir un mapa de la obra. Quizás en algún otro momento lo haga. En la Wikipedia alguien menciona que este libro es de las angustias masculinas de tipos comunes (el average joe) y el cuento de Avner es un ejemplo maravilloso de ello. Hay menos giros fantásticos que en el Hombre...more
Galina
Да живеят кратките разкази!
Отново страхотен Керет. Взех книгата от библиотека, но ще си я купя, има страници, които със сигурност ще препрочета скоро.
Fred
I have enjoyed all of the Etgar Keret books I've read, and this one is no different. However, the fact that this one is no different is cause for some mild critical comment. These brief and plainly told tales are generally excellent on their own, but they can be difficult to recall later, because one spends so little time with them. I would be interested to read something of greater length from him, because I think his absurdist views and black humor have so much potential. The stories reach tow...more
Yair Bezalel
Bits of darkness in all the bleakness with the occasional flash or beam of light...for someone else. Etgar Keret's collection of short, sometimes extremely short, stories cuts like jagged glass and without a doubt changes and reminds one of the power and potential of short fiction particularly, and fiction as a whole generally.

The stories aren't universally brilliant, a few feel lifted from other sources with a some slight cosmetic changes in character name and setting, basically 'Israelized', b...more
Gerardo Guerrero
Mi primer lectura de Keret, luego de descubrirlo de una manera totalmente fortuita hace poco menos de un año durante FIL '12.

Después de viajar a través de los cuarenta y nueve relatos (algunos de ellos muy, muy breves) que conforman este volumen, se tiene que otorgar a Keret, de entrada, el mérito de tener un estilo muy propio y personal, que bien rayando el surrealismo más puro y un en Kafkiano tan absurdo como moderno (view spoiler), logra rápidamente otor...more
Sol  Gonzalez
Igual que me sucedió con Pizzería, los cuentos de Keret me dejaron una sensación de desasosiego. En todos ellos se narra una historia a como si fuera en una línea recta, a lo que sigue un drástico cambio en la situación. Es lo que yo consideraría un giro en la trama, sin embargo más que giro a veces parecían bucles de trama en donde te dejaban dando vueltas sin saber en dónde acabarías (¿derecha, izquierda, arriba, abajo, adentro?).

Todos los cuentos deleitables, unos de ellos con imágenes visual...more
Magdalena Santos
Leí este libro porque me metí a una página especializada en buenos libros y en charla literaria. Me encontré con un artículo sobre autores que habían publicado sus primeras obras y el mundo literario, de la cultura y el arte los había recibido con una ovación de pie.

Entre ellos estaba un libro que ya había leído este año, el de "HHhH" de Laurent Binet; y así mismo sugerían como lectura galardonada de novato "Extrañando a Kissinger" de Etgar Keret. Como el de "HHhH" sí me gustó mucho y me pareci...more
Jaka Kun
Cuando leí el segundo cuento del libro, pensé seriamente en dejarlo. Pero lo atribuí a que me acostubré a leer The Man, así que lo dejé descansar, me mentalicé y volví a leerlo. Y sentí curiosidad, al seguir leyendo me sentí intrigado y apesumbrado. No se si la palabra correcta para los cuentos de Keret sea "oscuros" pero sí creo que algunos son macabros (El truco del sombrero, te estoy viendo) y dejan una pesadumbre en el corazón que tarda en irse.

Me dejó especialmente pensativo el del asesino...more
Cel Red
Los cuentos de Keret no son algo sencillo de clasificar, cada uno es completamente distinto del anterior en cuanto al género que manejan. De pronto puede haber humor, después algo sobrenatural, luego algo realista seguido de una simple anécdota. Creo que eso es lo que más me gustó del libro, porque aunque algunos cuentos me dejaron diciendo "eso qué", otros estaban muy bien logrados. Mis favoritos fueron Gaza Blues y Aceras, en especial Aceras, porque son muy simples, pero tienen un trasfondo pe...more
Avital
Etgar Keret is sharp and surprising. He concentrates a lot in very short stories that can make twists inside your head. I should read more by him, however, because this book, in spite of being brilliant, made me think about good copy writers and what are their work requirements. I'll be looking for Keret's soul.
Chicokc
Cuentos que parecen en parte autobiografía, hay de amistad, hermandad, paternidad, muerte, locura, ambición, abandono, nostalgia, espionaje, ...
Кремена Михайлова
Пак се започна – харесвам първия, харесвам втория, харесвам третия… Към третия обаче ми „светна“, че може да очаквам нещо по-различно от „Асамтой“. Скоро ми се оформиха и нещо като подзаглавия на книгата.

„Тя го напусна.“
„Цапардосах го по главата…“


Т.е. това са основните мотиви, които видях в този сборник – мъжете постоянно са зарязвани от приятелките си; щедро се раздават ритници.

В началото все още виждах съпротивление.
„Никой няма да го превърне в нахилено зомби…,“
„Нападнаха го три Емоции, от к
...more
Mu Sam
Keret has been compared to the likes of Kafka. His style is both whimsical & serious. He is so unusual and creative, it was such a pleasure to read.
His stories are virtually apolitical, though he himself is not, and the facts of Israeli life (army service, security, suicide bombers) make occasional appearances in the background.
People who need all the answers served on a platter, who have no sense for the absurd, who don't enjoy short stories with open ends, who do not care to see realisti...more
Esther
Un recueil correct, mais qui ne respecte pas les promesses de la 4e de couverture. Ce ne sont pas des nouvelles "d'une brièveté redoutable". J'en ai lu de plus efficaces et de plus courtes. Elles ne sont pas non plus "provocantes" "écrites en état d'urgence, le souffle coupé". Peut-être que la différence vient de la traduction française très "de France" (au Québec, des meufs, des gonzesses et des pompes, on n'en a pas). C'est aussi ma première immersion dans la littérature israélienne, mais je n...more
Tyler Jones
I remember the first time I heard "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and I remember the first time I heard "Smells like Teen Spirit". I was, on both occasions, whacked in the head, kicked in the ass and otherwise blown away. These might not be the same examples you would use, but you know what I'm talking about; that feeling of being in the presence of something completely new and utterly important and really really good.

For me reading Etgar Keret for the first time was some...more
Catalina J. García
Good book, very good book. Fast to read, fun, interesting, crazy, bizarre, surreal, and at times, heartbreaking. The influence of the great Julio Cortázar is completely clear from the first tale, and it is interesting how it brings closer a culture that, at least for me, has always been a little bit unknown: Israeli. However, from what I could read in Missing Kissinger, Keret still has a lot of potential that is waiting to be exploded. The stories are good, but just a few are fabulous, mindblowi...more
Greta
„Meteorai atskriejo kaip ir kiekvienąkart kas septynis šimtmečius, ir fotografas pareiškė, kad jie atrodo nekaip, o laikraštyje atrodys dar nuobodžiau. Kartą per tiek laiko atskrenda, pasakė jis, galėtų bent kokį triuką suskelt.“

expectations, expectations everywhere.
taip laukiau, kada galėsiu perskaityti šį apsakymų rinkinį, ir liūdnokoka, kad teko šiek tiek nusivilti. turbūt tikėjausi kažko panašaus į „Autobuso vairuotojas, kuris norėjo būti Dievas“. deja. žinoma, kai kurie tekstai tikrai pati...more
Miguel Jiménez
Un libro en el que Keret vuelve a dar muestras de su inagotable capacidad para inventar historias en las que sus personajes se ven envueltos en situaciones tope de la vida, no les pasa cualquier cosa, y todo eso sucede en un momento concreto, breve. Por eso me gusta Keret.

Los cuentos que me parecieron sorprendentes al estar leyendo su argumento, y que me tenían encantado entre frase y frase que leía son: "El truco del sombrero", "Buenas intenciones", "Huevos de dinosaurio" y "La pasta de la que...more
Danny Girl
so fucking touching. Keret takes the most usual situations and let us all see them in his special and sensitive way. in some of his stories keret adds characteristic of fantasy and surrealism, in a beautiful and sad way. unsatisfied woman asks from her boyfriend to bring her his mother's heart; little boy who handle with a family crisis decides to to grow a dinosaur egg; a girl who claims that in the USA invented a cure against loneliness; a bunch of cockroaches who become friends with the wind;...more
Hollygolightly (in transito)
Seconda raccolta di racconti di Keret che leggo. Anche se ammetto questa volta di essermi sbagliata alla grande... Avevo letto male la quarta di copertina e mi aspettavo un romanzo.
Tra trovate geniali e situazioni esilaranti tornano i personaggi strampalati dell'attuale Israele.
Mi è piaciuto ma concordo con chi ha detto che condensati tutti insieme questi racconti ti lasciano frastornato alla fine, come dopo una visita in un grande museo nazionale, dove si fatica a ricollocare con la mente tutti...more
Rosario Munguía
En cuarenta y nueve cuentos, Keret muestra un ingenio difícil de reducir a palabras. Cada cuento tiene detalles estremecedores, que calan hasta la médula, pero que lo hace diferente de cada uno de los que aparecen ahí. Pueden ser violentos o crudos en algunos momentos, desgarradores en otros, pero los que son conmovedores, como "Romper el cerdito", "Aceras", "El campeón del mundo", "Los tenis deportivos" y "La chica sobre el refrigerador", fueron mis favoritos.
Itai
Jun 12, 2007 Itai rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: hebrew
Etgar Kerret is a lecturer at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be'er Sheva but his short stories are briefer than brief and often irreverent and twisted. He's a pleasure to read in Hebrew, even if you're a new learner of the language as he writes in an approachable idiom. The film "Jellyfish," a joint venture for Keret and his wife, Shira Geffen, was presented at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and received two awards.

Ian
I never really got into this book of short stories by Keret, a hip young Israeli author. I really wanted to like it and there were a few stories I really liked, but too many of them were just more weird than interesting to me. It might be cultural differences, but I just think I didn't get it.

Some of the weird was good, on the verge of Dahl-esque mild horror, but a lot of it was just weird. Violent and weird.
Shane
A LOT of repeats but my word have their been some stunners here. I loved Venus Lite and Drops. I really liked 'the stuff that dreams are made of' too. Only complaint is that 80% of the stories here were in the other collections. I bought the book and realised there were only 7 or 8 left to read. Still, such a huge fan of Keret i don't mind.

Wonderful.


4.5 stars
Avico
.סיפורים מגניבים, גם הסיפורים שאתה לא מתחבר אליהם אתה נהנה לקרוא
pax
The stories are a bit like poems - they are not especially lyrical, not that. But short, dense, and hitting just the right spot so. Some don't speak to me. More are little explosions. Like good poems. And like with poems, one should, I suppose, not rush through them. The problem is - I could not stop myself from reading on.
Roberto Reyes
Por fin terminé de leer la obra. Estuvo más de un año perdido el libro (terminó bajo un asiento del auto, con hojas dobladas y algunos rastros de humedad).
"Extrañando a Kissinger" fue el primer regalo de mi novia. Gracias a ella conocí a Keret. En la FIL de Guadalaja 2012 lo conocí a él.
Él me hizo un dibujo.
David
I can read Etgar Keret's stories again and again. I never get tired of them. They always have this sense of being something fresh and new, no matter how many times I read them. Full of compassion, emotion, and wonder. This collection has some of his best stories. Truly some wonderful writing.
Guy Jacobs
If you have not read Etgar Keret's work, you are missing out on a true original. This collection of super shorts has inspired many authors in the current generation of writers (this one included) to think outside the box and use language as a camera to capture the strange realities of the world.
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Etgar Keret is an Israeli writer known for his short stories, graphic novels, and scriptwriting for film and television. His books had been published in more than thirty languages.

Keret has received the Prime Minister's award for literature, as well as the Ministry of Culture's Cinema Prize. The short film Malka Lev Adom (Skin Deep, 1996), which Keret wrote and directed with Ran Tal, won an Israel...more
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