Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012...1:21 pm

Etgar Keret keeps his stories short, quirky

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Fans of Israeli author Etgar Keret likely will be entertained by his new story collection, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door, available in paperback from FSG Originals. The stories are mainly brief, two or three pages; they are replete with disturbing twists. For example, the title story has an author returning home to find a stranger on his sofa, brandishing a pistol and demanding to hear a story. Subsequent knocks on the door bring in a war vet also armed with a sidearm, and a pizza delivery guy with a cleaver. The writing is often cliché-ridden, but carries the reader along by the unexpected, surreal plot turns. — M.S.

(American Jewish World, 5.25.12)


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