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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kendare Blake, Etgar Keret, Nathan Englander, Miriam Shlesinger Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged edition Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781427222527
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Read by an all-star cast and featuring a bonus story special to the audio edition, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door is a one-of-a-kind audiobook program. Bringing up a child, lying to the boss, placing an order in a fast-food restaurant: in Etgar Keret’s new collection, daily life is complicated, dangerous, and full of yearning. In his most playful and most mature work yet, the living and the dead, silent children and talking animals, dreams and waking life coexist in an uneasy world. Overflowing with absurdity, humor, sadness, and compassion, the tales in Suddenly, a Knock on the Door establish Etgar Keret—declared a “genius” by the New York Times—as one of the most original writers of his generation. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “To call Keret apolitical would be to miss a seminal moment in the history of Jewish literature. Indeed, it would be like pigeonholing Isaac Bashevis Singer—at whose knee Keret seems to have learned the art of magic realism, only to use it with more discipline than his master…Keret is a cynic who can’t manage to shake off his hopefulness—the most reliable kind of narrator there is. His true ancestor may not be Singer but Woody Allen, who, in his earlier years, summoned the gods of fantasy to help argue his most famous philosophical insights. And Keret is exhibiting Annie Hall—era talent here, churning out gem after gem.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “These stories exude a force and zing that some readers will find life-changing.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Keret writes with alternating Singeresque magical realism and Kafkaesque absurdity.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This collection of short stories brims with invention…Etgar Keret is a great short story writer whose work is all the greater because it’s funny…[He] most becomes himself in comedy shorts, telling tales of the absurd and the surreal…To complain about Keret being Keret is like complaining about Chekhov being Chekhov.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A brilliant writer…Completely unlike any writer I know. The voice of the next generation.”

    Salman Rushdie

  • “His pieces elicit comparison to sources as diverse as Franz Kafka, Kurt Vonnegut and Woody Allen…[Keret is] a writer who is often very funny and inventive, and occasionally profound.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Keret’s greatest book yet—the most funny, dark, and poignant. It’s tempting to say these stories are his most Kafkaesque, but in fact they are his most Keretesque.”

    Jonathan Safran Foer

  • “Etgar Keret’s stories are funny, with tons of feeling, driving towards destinations you never see coming. They’re written in the most unpretentious, chatty voice possible, but they’re also weirdly poetic. They stick in your gut. You think about them for days.”

    Ira Glass, host and producer of This American Life

  • “Strangeness abounds. Keret fits so much psychological and social complexity and metaphysical mystery into these quick, wry, jolting, funny, off-handedly fabulist miniatures, they’re like literary magic tricks: no matter how closely you read, you can’t figure out how he does it.”


  • A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Multi-Voiced Performance
  • A 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
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