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Etgar Keret

Writer

Bio

Born in Ramat Gan in 1967, Etgar Keret’s books were published in more than 40 languages. His writing has been published in The New York Times, Le Monde, The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Paris Review and Zoetrope. Over 60 short movies have been based on his stories. Keret resides in Tel Aviv and lectures at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has received the Book Publishers Association’s Platinum Prize several times, the Prime Minister’s Prize (1996), the Ministry of Culture’s Cinema Prize, the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize (UK, 2008) the St Petersburg Public Library’s Foreign Favorite Award (2010) the Newman Prize (2012) and the Charles Bronfman Prize in recognition of his work imparting an inspiring Jewish humanitarian vision (2016). In 2007, Keret and Shira Geffen won the Cannes Film Festival’s “Camera d’Or” Award for their movie Jellyfish, and Best Director Award of the French Artists and Writers’ Guild. In 2010, Keret was honored in France with the decoration of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Keret’s latest book, “The Seven Good Years”, was chosen by The Guardian as one of the best biographies and memoirs of 2015.

  • Photo: Jonathan Goor
    Photo: Jonathan Goor
  • In conversation with Ira Glass at the Charles Bronfman Prize, May 2017
    In conversation with Ira Glass at the Charles Bronfman Prize, May 2017
  • Photo: Stephan Roehl
    Photo: Stephan Roehl
  • Photo: Stephan Roehl
    Photo: Stephan Roehl
  • Taipei Book Fair
    Taipei Book Fair

It’s astonishing what he can do in just two pages: go from funny to bizarre to touching to satiric to meta to surprising and surreal… [A] master storyteller, creating deep, tragic, funny, painful tales with scarcely more words than you’ve read in this review.

Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times

 

  • The Seven Good Years | English, UK
    The Seven Good Years | English, UK
  • The Seven Good Years | Portuguese
    The Seven Good Years | Portuguese
  • The Bus Driver who Wanted to be God | Malay
    The Bus Driver who Wanted to be God | Malay
  • Suddenly a Knock on the Door | German
    Suddenly a Knock on the Door | German
  • Suddenly a Knock on the Door | Turkish
    Suddenly a Knock on the Door | Turkish
  • The Seven Good Years | English, USA
    The Seven Good Years | English, USA
  • Suddenly a Knock on the Door | Hebrew
    Suddenly a Knock on the Door | Hebrew
  • Suddenly a Knock on the Door | Japaneese
    Suddenly a Knock on the Door | Japaneese
  • Missing Kissinger | Lithuanian
    Missing Kissinger | Lithuanian
  • The Seven Good Years | Persian
    The Seven Good Years | Persian
  • Suddenly a Knock on the Door | French
    Suddenly a Knock on the Door | French
  • Suddenly a Knock on the Door | Slovak
    Suddenly a Knock on the Door | Slovak
  • Suddenly a Knock on the Door | Norwegian
    Suddenly a Knock on the Door | Norwegian
  • Mossing Kissinger | Thai
    Mossing Kissinger | Thai
  • Missing Kissinger | Italian
    Missing Kissinger | Italian
  • Missing Kissinger | Polish
    Missing Kissinger | Polish
  • Suddenly a Knock on the Door | Portuguese
    Suddenly a Knock on the Door | Portuguese
  • Pipelines | Hebrew
    Pipelines | Hebrew

Etgar Keret is a genius…

Joseph Weisberg, May 2008, New York Times

[Keret’s writing] testifies to the power of the surreal, the concise and the fantastic… [O]blique, breezy, seriocomic fantasies that defy encapsulation, categorization and even summary

Michael Lindgren, April 2012, Washington Post

A brilliant writer…completely unlike any writer I know. The voice of the next generation.

Salman Rushdie

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