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Tel Aviv Noir

by Etgar Keret (Editor), Assaf Gavron (Editor)

Other authors: Gai Ad (Contributor), Shimon Adaf (Contributor), Silje Bekeng (Contributor), Gon Ben Ari (Contributor), Alex Epstein (Contributor)9 more, Julia Fermentto (Contributor), Assaf Gavron (Contributor), Matan Hermoni (Contributor), Yoav Katz (Contributor), Etgar Keret (Contributor), Deakla Keydar (Contributor), Gadi Taub (Contributor), Lavie Tidhar (Contributor), Antonio Ungar (Contributor)

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Gon Ben Ari's story "Clear Recent History" has been named a finalist for the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award for Best P.I. Short Story! "This consistently strong collection showcases a group of Israeli writers who are not well known in the U.S. Definitely one of the highlights in the long-running Akashic series." --Booklist, Starred review "May be the very best in a generally solid series....This collection escapes the limits of formula fiction and sets the bar high for subsequentNoir offerings. The genre is hot, Tel Aviv is exotic, and this volume is outstanding. What's not to like?" --Library Journal, Starred review One ofJewish Journal's Noteworthy Books for the New Year "Even in the Holy Land, people find ingenious ways to screw up their own lives, as the latest entry in Akashic's Noir Series proves....Editors Keret and Gavron stress not what makes Tel Aviv unique but what it has in common with other cities: its people's endless, often fruitless struggle to cash in on a losing hand." --Kirkus Reviews "There's a marvelous underlying tension to [the stories], a paranoid tinge, as if some vast monstrous conspiracy is lurking behind every misdeed and bad stroke of luck." --San Francisco Book Review "The collection reflects much of the daily reality of the city, but not the sort one is likely to read in tour guides....There's a complexity and virtuosity to plot and prose that leaves the reader with a sense of satisfaction and appreciation, despite the typically devastating denouement of the tales....Superb." --PopMatters "Readers interested in exploring the dark side of Tel Aviv will be fascinated by these short pieces of noir literature." --Times of Israel Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched with the summer '04 award-winning best sellerBrooklyn Noir. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. ForTel Aviv Noir, Etgar Keret and Assaf Gavron have masterfully assembled some of Israel's top contemporary writers into a compulsively readable collection. From the introduction by Etgar Keret: "In spite of its outwardly warm and polite exterior, Tel Aviv has quite a bit to hide. At any club, most of the people dancing around you to the sounds of a deep-house hit dedicated to peace and love have undergone extensive automatic-weapons training and a hand-grenade tutorial...The workers washing the dishes in the fluorescent-lit kitchen of that same club are Eritrean refugees who have crossed the Egyptian border illegally, along with a group of bedouins smuggling some high-quality hash,which the deejay will soon be smoking on his little podium, right by the busy dance floor filled with drunks, coked-up lawyers, and Ukrainian call girls whose pimp keeps their passports in a safe two streets away. Don't get me wrong--Tel Aviv is a lovely, safe city. Most of the time, for most of its inhabitants. But the stories in this collection describe what happens the rest of the time, to the rest of its inhabitants. From one last cup of coffee at a café targeted by a suicide bomber, through repeat visits from a Yiddish-speaking ghost, to an organized tour of mythological crime scenes that goes terribly wrong, the stories ofTel Aviv Noir reveal the concealed, scarred face of this city that we love so much." Featuring brand-new stories by: Etgar Keret, Gadi Taub, Lavie Tidhar, Deakla Keydar, Matan Hermoni, Julia Fermentto, Gon Ben Ari, Shimon Adaf, Alex Epstein, Antonio Ungar, Gai Ad, Assaf Gavron, Silje Bekeng, and Yoav Katz; translated by Yardenne Greenspan.… (more)
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I have read many books in the Akashic Noir series, and this is one of the better ones. That may be because I am fond of the style of writing and the subject matter, but the stories were interesting and engaging. ( )
  kerryp | Mar 6, 2018 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
I have enjoyed several books of these Noir series which holds up well in this latest installment: Tel Aviv Noir. Edited by the critically acclaimed Etgar Keret these stories give the reader a glimpse of the underside of life that exists not just in Tel Aviv but in most cosmopolitan settings.

Like in any city there are businessmen cutting corners, gangsters taking advantage of others, and everyday people who get caught up in a web of suspense.

I recommend this volume to fans of suspense with an interest in present day Israeli life. ( )
  berthirsch | Apr 19, 2015 |
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This is a nice collection with a fairly wide range of stories. Some of them feel like true, hard-boiled, I'm-surprised-that-Philip-Marlowe-hasn't-showed-up-yet stories, while others are more akin to bizarre/weird/difficult to understand ghost stories. Although all of these stories do take place in Israel (mostly in Tel Aviv), the setting has more of a supporting role as opposed to the lead; most of these characters seem like they could be found in the underbelly of any big city. The stories "Sleeping Mask", "Swirl", "Allergies", and "Center" each struck me as being particularly strong, but I was happy to have read almost all of the chapters in this collection. ( )
  andrewreads | Jan 28, 2015 |
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A fascinating look look into the seedy underbelly of Israel's capital, this collection of short stories range from terrifying, to mystical to humorous. At a time when most of the world looks at Israel through the lens of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, this book is a great reminder of the fact that Israel is a nation of ordinary people. Religious, atheist, police and criminal, all kinds of people make an appearance here. Definitely worth reading if you're interested in either noir, or just getting a glimpse of the seedy underbelly of Israel. ( )
  PaulBerauer | Jan 14, 2015 |
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I really enjoyed this selection of stories, even though Noir is not normally my genre. I took the advise of another reviewer, and read these stories on at a time (one a day for me) which I think was helpful. In his introduction, explains that Tel Aviv Noir is a bit of a stretch, since Tel Aviv is a lovely, sunny, safe city, however, there is an underbelly. This book is about the underbelly; stories about criminals, drug-users, prostitutes, etc. Stories that make your skin crawl. That said, the scariest of the stories was the story by Keret himself, “Allergies,” which is about a seemingly regular, middle class, childless story.

Not all of these stories are winners, but the over-all quality is very high. Some of my other favorites: “”Sleeping Mask” by [[Gadi Taub]]; “Slow Cooking” by [[Deakla Keydar]] and “The Tour Guide” by [[Yoav Katz]] ( )
  banjo123 | Nov 21, 2014 |
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This book is worth buying for the first story alone - packed with thrilling switchbacks and details on workings of multiple shadowy industries.

You'll like this if you like Etgar Keret (think Kafka type hallucinatory personal imagery with Lewis Carroll altered logic run through Lydia Davis's spartan short story framework). Keret was co-editor and many of the stories selected approach his style.

And you'll like it if you like noir set in international locations - fiction is a great vantage on the feel of international cities.
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Keret, EtgarEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gavron, AssafEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Ad, GaiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adaf, ShimonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bekeng, SiljeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ben Ari, GonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Epstein, AlexContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fermentto, JuliaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gavron, AssafContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hermoni, MatanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Katz, YoavContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keret, EtgarContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keydar, DeaklaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Taub, GadiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tidhar, LavieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ungar, AntonioContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Greenspan, YardenneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Gon Ben Ari's story "Clear Recent History" has been named a finalist for the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award for Best P.I. Short Story! "This consistently strong collection showcases a group of Israeli writers who are not well known in the U.S. Definitely one of the highlights in the long-running Akashic series." --Booklist, Starred review "May be the very best in a generally solid series....This collection escapes the limits of formula fiction and sets the bar high for subsequentNoir offerings. The genre is hot, Tel Aviv is exotic, and this volume is outstanding. What's not to like?" --Library Journal, Starred review One ofJewish Journal's Noteworthy Books for the New Year "Even in the Holy Land, people find ingenious ways to screw up their own lives, as the latest entry in Akashic's Noir Series proves....Editors Keret and Gavron stress not what makes Tel Aviv unique but what it has in common with other cities: its people's endless, often fruitless struggle to cash in on a losing hand." --Kirkus Reviews "There's a marvelous underlying tension to [the stories], a paranoid tinge, as if some vast monstrous conspiracy is lurking behind every misdeed and bad stroke of luck." --San Francisco Book Review "The collection reflects much of the daily reality of the city, but not the sort one is likely to read in tour guides....There's a complexity and virtuosity to plot and prose that leaves the reader with a sense of satisfaction and appreciation, despite the typically devastating denouement of the tales....Superb." --PopMatters "Readers interested in exploring the dark side of Tel Aviv will be fascinated by these short pieces of noir literature." --Times of Israel Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched with the summer '04 award-winning best sellerBrooklyn Noir. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. ForTel Aviv Noir, Etgar Keret and Assaf Gavron have masterfully assembled some of Israel's top contemporary writers into a compulsively readable collection. From the introduction by Etgar Keret: "In spite of its outwardly warm and polite exterior, Tel Aviv has quite a bit to hide. At any club, most of the people dancing around you to the sounds of a deep-house hit dedicated to peace and love have undergone extensive automatic-weapons training and a hand-grenade tutorial...The workers washing the dishes in the fluorescent-lit kitchen of that same club are Eritrean refugees who have crossed the Egyptian border illegally, along with a group of bedouins smuggling some high-quality hash,which the deejay will soon be smoking on his little podium, right by the busy dance floor filled with drunks, coked-up lawyers, and Ukrainian call girls whose pimp keeps their passports in a safe two streets away. Don't get me wrong--Tel Aviv is a lovely, safe city. Most of the time, for most of its inhabitants. But the stories in this collection describe what happens the rest of the time, to the rest of its inhabitants. From one last cup of coffee at a café targeted by a suicide bomber, through repeat visits from a Yiddish-speaking ghost, to an organized tour of mythological crime scenes that goes terribly wrong, the stories ofTel Aviv Noir reveal the concealed, scarred face of this city that we love so much." Featuring brand-new stories by: Etgar Keret, Gadi Taub, Lavie Tidhar, Deakla Keydar, Matan Hermoni, Julia Fermentto, Gon Ben Ari, Shimon Adaf, Alex Epstein, Antonio Ungar, Gai Ad, Assaf Gavron, Silje Bekeng, and Yoav Katz; translated by Yardenne Greenspan.

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