21 Feb 2012 5:30pm - 7:00pm Mill Lane Lecture Room 1



Etgar Keret in Conversation with Yaron Peleg

As part of Jewish Book Week Etgar Keret will come to Cambridge to discuss his latest short story collection Suddenly, a Knock on the Door. He will read from his work and there will also be the opportunity to purchase a signed copy (£12.99). The event will be chaired by Dr Yaron Peleg (Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies).



Free and open to all, no registration required.


About Suddenly, a Knock on the Door

Suddenly, a Knock on the Door is Etgar Keret’s latest collection of short stories, his first in ten years. Exuding a  combination of depth and accessibility, these tales overflow with absurdity, humour, longing and compassion, and though their circumstances are often strange and surreal, his characters are defined by a familiar and fierce humanity. A man barges into a writer's house and, holding a gun to his head, demands that he tell him a story, something to take him away from the real world. A pathological liar discovers one day that all the lies he tells come true. A young woman finds a zip in her boyfriend's mouth, and when she opens it he unfolds to reveal a completely different man inside. Suddenly, a Knock on the Door is his most mature and most playful work yet.

It is published by Chatto & Windus in February 2012 and translated from the Hebrew by Miriam Shlesinger, Sondra Silverston and Nathan Englander. 

Praise for Suddenly, a Knock on the Door:
Etgar Keret has written several great books, but this is his greatest. These stories are the most funny, dark and poignant I’ve read in a long time. It’s tempting to say they are his most Kafkaesque, but in fact they are his most Keretesque.
Jonathan Safran Foer


About Etgar Keret

Etgar Keret was born in Tel Aviv in 1967 and is one of the leading voices in Israeli literature and cinema. He has published works in a variety of formats including short stories, novellas and graphic novels, as well as a number of award winning screenplays. His books, bestsellers in Israel, have been published in twenty-nine different languages. His first collection of stories to be published in the UK was The Nimrod Flip-Out and his second collection, Missing Kissinger, was published in 2007. His writings have been published in the New York Times, le Monde, the Guardian, the Paris Review and Zoetrope. In 2010 he was awarded the Chevalier medallion of France's Order of Arts and Letters.


His first film, Malka Red-Heart, won the Israeli 'Oscar' for best television drama, as well as acclaim at several international film festivals, and his most recent, Jellyfish, won the Camera d'Or prize for best first feature at Cannes in 2007.

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