Born in Tel Aviv in 1967, Etgar Keret is one of the leading voices in Israeli literature and cinema. He is the author of four books of short stories, including The Nimrod Flip-Out and Gaza Blues; novellas, graphic novels and a screenplay. His movie, Malka Red-Heart, won the Israeli ‘Oscar’ and international acclaim. Keret lectures at Tel Aviv University’s School of Film.
The critically acclaimed master short-story teller Etgar Keret gave us a taste of his magic with his new collection of stories, Suddenly, A Knock on the Door. More absurd, humorous, surreal and compassionate than ever, they reflect Israel’s uncanny reality. Yet, at the same time, Keret’s characters are defined by a familiar and fierce humanity which is truly universal. Etgar spoke to Tim Samuels accompanied by readings from Ilan Goodman.
This was a unique opportunity to meet with award-winning writer Etgar Keret who read some stories about writing (some yet unpublished) and spoke about the creative process. This was followed by a serious discussion about story writing.
Etgar Keret is one of the leading voices in Israeli literature and cinema, his short stories, novellas and graphic novels translated in twenty-six languages. His film Jellyfish won the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Festival. Keret teaches in Ben Gurion University’s Hebrew Literature department.
Etgar Keret's short stories are fast paced and precise, hilarious and off-the-wall, they are also dark, sometimes violent, and often intensely poignant. They are, in short, brilliant. He discussed his very special world with journalist Hephzibah Anderson.
Etgar Keret's latest collection of short stories, The Nimrod Flip-Out (2005), confirms his reputation as Israel's bestselling young writer and new national conscience. Keret read from these 'bite-sized satiric tales' and discussed 'the difficulty of life and the easiness of writing.'
With no common political agenda, nor even a desire to talk politics together, Israeli author Etgar Keret and Palestinian author Samir El-youssef have forged a remarkable literary collaboration. In Gaza Blues (2004), a book of short stories and a novella, they place their fictional voices alongside one another in an exploration of various aspects of the Israel-Palestine conflict.