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Read by an all-star cast and featuring a bonus story special to the audio edition, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door is a one-of-a-kind audiobook program.

 

Bringing up a child, lying to the boss, placing an order in a fast-food restaurant: in Etgar Kerets 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.

 

 

Audio Track listing:

Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Read by Ira Glass

Lieland: Read by Adam Thirlwell

Cheesus Christ: Read by Dave Eggers

Simyon: Read by Nicole Krauss

Shut: Read by George Saunders

Healthy Start: Read by Ben Foster

Teamwork: Read by Mathieu Amalric

Pudding: Read by Aimee Bender

Unzipping: Read by Miranda July

The Polite Little Boy: Read by Ben Marcus

Mystique: Read by Willem Dafoe

Creative Writing: Read by Stanley Tucci

Snot: Read by John Sayles

Grab the Cuckoo by the Tail: Read by Gary Shteyngart

Pick a Color: Read by Robert Wisdom

Black and Blue: Read by Stella Schnabel

What Do We Have in Our Pockets?: Read by Michael Chabon

Bad Karma: Read by Lorin Stein

Ari: Read by Rick Moody

Bitch: Read by Nathan Englander

The Story, Victorious: Read by Scott Shepherd

A Good One: Read by David Rakoff

What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish?: Read by Gary Shteyngart

Not Completely Alone: Read by Michael Chernus

One Step Beyond: Read by Shea Wigham

Big Blue Bus: Read by Josh Charles

Hemorrhoid: Read by Michael Buscemi

September All Year Long: Read by Neal Stephenson

Joseph: Read by Mark Duplass

Mourners Meal: Read by Shalom Auslander

Parallel Universes: Read by Todd Hasak-Lowy

Upgrade: Read by Josh Radnor

Guava: Read by Ira Glass

Surprise Party: Read by Scott Shepherd

What Animal Are You?: Read by Jonathan Safran Foer

Asthma Attack: Read by Etgar Keret

Review:

"In this slim volume of flash fiction and short stories, Israeli author/filmmaker Keret (The Nimrod Flipout; the film Jellyfish) writes with alternating Singeresque magical realism and Kafkaesque absurdity, to mixed effect. Bookended by cautionary tales of writers at work — the title story and 'What Animal Are You?' — this collection often takes characters beyond their comfort zones into scenarios of twisted reality. In 'Ari,' a man suspects that everyone named Ari is after him. In 'Bad Karma,' an insurance salesman tries to recover from being struck by the body of a suicidal jumper. In the longest and most satisfying story, 'Surprise Party,' three strangers are the only guests at a celebration from which the guest of honor is strangely absent, and then they help the man's wife search for him, concerned that he may have suicidal or homicidal tendencies. Many of Keret's stories are literary doodles; others seem to be concepts in search of a few good characters. Readers tuned in to the author's narrow-band broadcast will be pleased. Agent: Anna Stein, Aitken Alexander, on behalf of Nilli Cohen at the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Bringing up a child, lying to the boss, placing an order in a fast-food restaurant: in Etgar Kerets 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.

Synopsis:

Part Kafka, part Vonnegut, with the concerns and comedic delivery of Woody Allen, Etgar Keret is a brilliant and original master of the short story. Hilarious, witty, and always unusual, declared “a genius” by The New York Times, Keret brings all of his prodigious talent to bear in Suddenly, A Knock on the Door, his sixth bestselling collection.

Long a household name in Israel, where he has been declared the voice of his generation, Keret has been acknowledged as one of the countrys most radical and extraordinary writers. Exuding a rare combination of depth and accessibility, Kerets tales overflow with absurdity, humor, sadness, and compassion, and though their circumstances are often strange and surreal, his characters are defined by a familiar and fierce humanity. Suddenly, Knock on the Door is at once Kerets most mature and most playful work yet, and establishes him as one of the great global writers of the twenty-first century.

About the Author

Born in Tel Aviv in 1967, Etgar Keret is the author of six bestselling story collections. His writing has been published in Harpers Magazine, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and Zoetrope. Jellyfish, his first movie as a director along with his wife, Shira Geffen, won the Camera dOr prize for best first feature at Cannes in 2007. In 2010 he was named a Chevalier of Frances Order of Arts and Letters.

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sduff222, January 15, 2013 (view all comments by sduff222)
These stories are great! Funny and thought-provoking at the same time. I'm still thinking about them months after reading them.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374533335
Author:
Keret, Etgar
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
Bowen, Christopher
Author:
Englander, Nathan
Author:
Shlesinger, Miriam
Author:
Silverston, Sondra
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 hours, 5 CDs
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in

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Product details 208 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374533335 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this slim volume of flash fiction and short stories, Israeli author/filmmaker Keret (The Nimrod Flipout; the film Jellyfish) writes with alternating Singeresque magical realism and Kafkaesque absurdity, to mixed effect. Bookended by cautionary tales of writers at work — the title story and 'What Animal Are You?' — this collection often takes characters beyond their comfort zones into scenarios of twisted reality. In 'Ari,' a man suspects that everyone named Ari is after him. In 'Bad Karma,' an insurance salesman tries to recover from being struck by the body of a suicidal jumper. In the longest and most satisfying story, 'Surprise Party,' three strangers are the only guests at a celebration from which the guest of honor is strangely absent, and then they help the man's wife search for him, concerned that he may have suicidal or homicidal tendencies. Many of Keret's stories are literary doodles; others seem to be concepts in search of a few good characters. Readers tuned in to the author's narrow-band broadcast will be pleased. Agent: Anna Stein, Aitken Alexander, on behalf of Nilli Cohen at the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
Bringing up a child, lying to the boss, placing an order in a fast-food restaurant: in Etgar Kerets 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.
"Synopsis" by ,

Part Kafka, part Vonnegut, with the concerns and comedic delivery of Woody Allen, Etgar Keret is a brilliant and original master of the short story. Hilarious, witty, and always unusual, declared “a genius” by The New York Times, Keret brings all of his prodigious talent to bear in Suddenly, A Knock on the Door, his sixth bestselling collection.

Long a household name in Israel, where he has been declared the voice of his generation, Keret has been acknowledged as one of the countrys most radical and extraordinary writers. Exuding a rare combination of depth and accessibility, Kerets tales overflow with absurdity, humor, sadness, and compassion, and though their circumstances are often strange and surreal, his characters are defined by a familiar and fierce humanity. Suddenly, Knock on the Door is at once Kerets most mature and most playful work yet, and establishes him as one of the great global writers of the twenty-first century.

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