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Etgar Keret is an ingenious and original master of the short story. Radical, witty and always unusual, declared a 'genius' by the New York Times, Keret brings all of his prodigious talent to bear in this bestselling collection.
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 at once Keret's most mature and most playful work yet, and establishes him as one of the great international writers of our time.
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.