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The Nimrod Flipout: Stories

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Staff Pick

These stories are just so wonderfully strange! Keret stands with Tom Robbins in the arena of bold and brazen quirkiness. With a blend of humor and pathos, he offers us slices of life seen from oblique angles, so that the mundane... never is.
Recommended by Benjamin H., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

From Powells.com:

Publisher Comments:

From Israel's most popular and acclaimed young writer.

Already featured on This American Life and Selected Shorts and in Zoetrope: All Story and L.A. Weekly, these short stories include a man who finds equal pleasure in his beautiful girlfriend and the fat, soccer-loving lout she turns into after dark; shrinking parents; a case of impotence cured by a pet terrier; and a pessimistic Middle Eastern talking fish. A bestseller in Israel, The Nimrod Flipout is an extraordinary collection from the preeminent Israeli writer of his generation.

Review:

"Stories that are short, strange, funny, deceptively casual in tone and affect, stories that sound like a joke but aren't." Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi

Review:

"Keret's short stories are filled with antiheroes. There are no brave Maccabees, no swashbuckling warriors. Instead, his sketches dramatize the mundane details of daily life. Keret's [stories] seem to promise that there is more to life than Merkava tanks and suicide killers, more even than nanotech or IPOs. His quirky collections...offer a glimpse into the Israeli subconscious." Newsweek

Review:

"One of the joys of this collection by Mr. Keret, a young Israeli writer, is the insight it gives into the life of his countrymen....Mr. Keret's incredible stories are complemented by his laconic style. Bizarre things happen in each and every one of them, but neither he nor his characters bat an eye at the oddities surrounding them. Like the undercurrent of terrorism, this could be an aspect of the Israeli psyche." The Washington Times

Review:

The Nimrod Flipout contains 30 stories, most of which straddle the line between a joke and a fable. The tone is what Rod Serling might have sounded like had he decided to make The Twilight Zone a comedy set in Israel, with each episode lasting just a few minutes....Keret's Israelis are described with the cut-to-the-chase imperative of a comedian. The people who dash in and out of his stories are the sort of familiar urbanites you would find in a sitcom, albeit one playing on a television that might become untethered at any moment, floating away into oblivion as though it were all a strange dream.” Thomas Beller, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"A funny and keen chronicler of human foibles, perfecting his craft." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Like French surrealist Marcel Aymé, Keret keeps his stories one dimensional, but it's a dimension he has mastered, one that peels away the borderlines of normalcy." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

A bestseller in Israel, this volume of short stories — from a case of impotence cured by a pet terrier to a pessimistic Middle Eastern talking fish — is an extraordinary collection from the preeminent Israeli writer of his generation.

About the Author

Etgar Keret is the author of three bestselling story collections, one novella, three graphic novels, and a children's book. His fiction has been translated into sixteen languages and has been the basis for more than forty short films (including the winner of an MTV prize). He lives and teaches in Tel Aviv.

Table of Contents

Fatso

The Nimrod Flipout

Shooting Tuvia

One Kiss on the Mouth in Mombasa

Fatso

The Nimrod Flipout

Shooting Tuvia

One Kiss on the Mouth in Mombasa

Your Man

Shriki

Eight Percent of Nothing

Pride and Joy

Surprise Egg

Dirt

Actually, I've Had Some Phenomenal Hard-ons Lately

More Life

Glittery Eyes

Teddy Trunk

Malffunction

Halibut

For Only 9.99 (inc. Tax and Postage)

Horsie

My Girlfriend's Naked

Bottle

A Visit to the Cockpit

A thought in the Shape of a Story

Gur's Theory of Boredom

The Tits on an Eighteen-Year-Old

Bwoken

Baby

Ironclad Rules

A Good-Looking Couple

Himme

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374222437
Subtitle:
Stories
Author:
Keret, Etgar
Translator:
Silverston, Sondra
Translator:
Shlesinger, Miriam
Author:
Institute for Translation of Hebrew Literature
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Subject:
General
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Short stories, Israeli
Subject:
Keret, Etgar
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.58 x 0.5 in

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Product details 176 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374222437 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

These stories are just so wonderfully strange! Keret stands with Tom Robbins in the arena of bold and brazen quirkiness. With a blend of humor and pathos, he offers us slices of life seen from oblique angles, so that the mundane... never is.

"Review" by , "Stories that are short, strange, funny, deceptively casual in tone and affect, stories that sound like a joke but aren't."
"Review" by , "Keret's short stories are filled with antiheroes. There are no brave Maccabees, no swashbuckling warriors. Instead, his sketches dramatize the mundane details of daily life. Keret's [stories] seem to promise that there is more to life than Merkava tanks and suicide killers, more even than nanotech or IPOs. His quirky collections...offer a glimpse into the Israeli subconscious."
"Review" by , "One of the joys of this collection by Mr. Keret, a young Israeli writer, is the insight it gives into the life of his countrymen....Mr. Keret's incredible stories are complemented by his laconic style. Bizarre things happen in each and every one of them, but neither he nor his characters bat an eye at the oddities surrounding them. Like the undercurrent of terrorism, this could be an aspect of the Israeli psyche."
"Review" by , The Nimrod Flipout contains 30 stories, most of which straddle the line between a joke and a fable. The tone is what Rod Serling might have sounded like had he decided to make The Twilight Zone a comedy set in Israel, with each episode lasting just a few minutes....Keret's Israelis are described with the cut-to-the-chase imperative of a comedian. The people who dash in and out of his stories are the sort of familiar urbanites you would find in a sitcom, albeit one playing on a television that might become untethered at any moment, floating away into oblivion as though it were all a strange dream.”
"Review" by , "A funny and keen chronicler of human foibles, perfecting his craft."
"Review" by , "Like French surrealist Marcel Aymé, Keret keeps his stories one dimensional, but it's a dimension he has mastered, one that peels away the borderlines of normalcy."
"Synopsis" by , A bestseller in Israel, this volume of short stories — from a case of impotence cured by a pet terrier to a pessimistic Middle Eastern talking fish — is an extraordinary collection from the preeminent Israeli writer of his generation.
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