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This booklet includes a lecture called "Second Generation" and four remarkable short stories by Etgar Keret: "Asthma Attack," "Shoes," "Siren," and "Foreign Language," the last of which has never before appeared in the United States. Openly discussing his family background for the first time, Keret brings to life the confused experience of growing up as an Israeli child of ...more
Paperback, 24 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Syracuse University Press
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Jasmine
Nov 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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over thanksgiving break I did almost nothing. well that isn't exactly true I learned 2 way strumming on the guitar in rock band, I learned to play pro keys in rock band, and I played a song on the expert drums in rock band. Basically, I played rock band for 3 days. Then I read this booklet.

It's great, I mean it's really great.

Saunders wrote the introduction which is a beautiful piece about how what truly makes a great author is a great person. And yeah we spend a lot of time talking about the
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Friederike Knabe
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing

"Every person is a world champion in something",
the father told his young son,"but [...] most of us will never discover what we are really good at." Etgar Keret has taken his father's words very much to heart: he has become an award winning story teller, a film producer and, first of all, an astute and candid observer of life in his country, Israel.

FOUR STORIES is much more than the title suggests. Two introductions to his person (by Ken Frieden and George Saunders) are helpful and add to our u
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Ellie Carlisle
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
These stories certainly were breath of fresh air. Enjoyed them all.
Erika Dreifus
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I bought this very slim volume mainly because I wanted to read "Siren" after it was described in this article on The Millions. I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I was surprised to find--and appreciated greatly--the inclusion of an accompanying lecture, "Second Generation," that Keret gave at Syracuse University, as well as the text of the introduction George Saunders delivered for that occasion. Definitely glad I bought this one.
David
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I don't care how many times I read these stories. I can just keep reading them over and over again. There is no one quite like Keret. No one as tender, with as much sympathy, as completely insane. These stories are delightful and even the lecture at the beginning is entertaining. Stellar all the way.
Fabiola
Excellent writing 100% entertaining!
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The wildly inventive Israeli master joins forces with the author of Everything is Illuminated to present an evening of surprising tales.
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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
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