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Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Stories (edition 2012)

by Etgar Keret, Nathan Englander (Translator), Miriam Shlesinger (Translator), Sondra Silverston (Translator)

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Title:Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Stories
Authors:Etgar Keret
Other authors:Nathan Englander (Translator), Miriam Shlesinger (Translator), Sondra Silverston (Translator)
Info:FSG Originals (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 208 pages
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"Suddenly, A Knock on the Door" is a 2010 collection of short stories by Israeli writer Etgar Keret. Some of them I found to be little more than vignettes, and most of them seemed to have little regard for the female characters, or women in general, but even so eventually some stories began to grow on me. I especially liked “Pick a Color, which reimagines God as a very damaged deity; “What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish?” about the magical goldfish who can grant three wishes; “Hemorrhoid,” which in two paragraphs basically describes Trump world; “Guava,” about the transmigration of a soul; and perhaps my favourite, “The Story, Victorious,” which takes a page and a half to extol itself as the best story ever. Strange, imaginative stuff, altogether. ( )
  thefirstalicat | Nov 18, 2016 |
I loved this book.
Ususally I'm not a big fan of short stories, but this book is the exeption to that rule. Strong storuies with a begin and an end, that are, imho complete. The ones I liked best in this book are: Lieland, Creative Writing, Unzipping. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Nov 12, 2016 |
Wow, what a ride! Loved it.
Wildly inventive. It's like literary Silly Putty that's been smushed up against color comics, peeled off and then stretched and pulled. It kind of looks the same as the real thing but is weirdly distorted. In a way that is more interesting and alive than the original.
And then it makes you smile. ( )
  TheBookJunky | Apr 22, 2016 |
"Este cuento es el mejor del libro. Más que eso, todavía. Es el mejor cuento del mundo. Y no es que lo hayamos decidido nosotros. Lo han decidido por unanimidad centenares de especialistas independientes que lo han comparado en sus laboratorios con una muestra representativa de la literatura universal. Este cuento es una innovación exclusvamente israelí. Seguramente se estarán preguntando cómo es posible que hayamos sido nosotros quienes lo hemos escrito y no los gringos. Pues que sepan que los mismos gringos se preguntan lo mismo. Y no son pocas lass vacas sagradas del mundo editorial estadounidense que van a perder su trabajo por no haber tenido preparada a tiempo la respuesta...porque este cuento no esta aquí para humillarlos. Está aquí para que se sientan bien". Etgar Keret en Cuento Vencedor de De Repente un Toquido en la Puerta. ( )
  darioha | Feb 9, 2016 |
Especially fantastic collection as an audiobook. I have no idea how Keret assembled such an all star cast. Every story has a twist and all of them seem to work. ( )
  albertgoldfain | Feb 3, 2016 |
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Bringing up a child, lying to the boss, placing an order in a fast-food restaurant: in Etgar Keret’s new collection, daily life is complicated, dangerous, and full of yearning. In his most playful and most mature work yet, the living and the dead, silent children and talking animals, dreams and waking life coexist in an uneasy world. Overflowing with absurdity, humor, sadness, and compassion, the tales in Suddenly, a Knock on the Door establish Etgar Keret—declared a “genius” by The New York Times—as one of the most original writers of his generation.

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Combines absurd, humorous, and poignant themes that reveal the fierce humanity of characters in surreal situations.

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