Suddenly, a Knock on the Door by Kendare Blake audiobook

Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Stories

By Etgar Keret
Translated by Nathan Englander and Miriam Shlesinger
Read by various narrators

Macmillan Audio 9781427226945
5.02 Hours Unabridged
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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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Summary

Summary

A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Multi-Voiced Performance

A 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction

Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2013

Among shortlisted titles for Warwick Prize for Writing Shortlist, 2013

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

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 (March 15)
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. Donna Seaman, Booklist (March 15)
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
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
Israeli author Keret writes sometimes appealingly wacky, sometimes darkly absurdist stories that translate well to America . . . Sophisticated readers should check this out. Library Journal, pre-pub alert
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. Publishers Weekly
Keret can do more with six . . .paragraphs than most writers can with 600 pages. Kyle Smith, People
A brilliant writer . . . completely unlike any writer I know. The voice of the next generation. Salman Rushdie
[Keret] deserves full marks for chutzpah . . . His work zings with imaginative conceits, clever asides and self-conscious twists. Yet there is also an easygoing quality to his writing that makes the 37 stories collected here instantly likeable . . . his stories assume an anecdotal style that gives them an air of spontaneity, as if he were relating them over a cup of coffee in one of the Tel Aviv cafes frequented by his characters . . . Keret's willingness to develop quirky concepts (one story features a magic, talking goldfish) would seem to grant him a place alongside such idiosyncratic writers as Robert Walser, Franz Kafka, Kurt Vonnegut and Italo Calvino. But if his work is sometimes reminiscent of these writers, it also carves out its own territory. James Ley, The Sydney Morning Herald
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 . . . As one of the 20th century's great comic writers--and one of Keret's true precursors--might have said, so it goes . . . To complain about Keret being Keret is like complaining about Chekhov being Chekhov. Ian Sansom, The Guardian
Examples of the talented narrators include Josh Charles, who has a deep, round tone and a gentle manner that perfectly complements the author's words, and Adam Thirlwell's British accent, which supports a strong, robust reading about lying. It's an excellent audio and literary experience. AudioFile Magazine
An all-star roster of narrators masterfully performs the audio edition of Keret's latest collection, which mixes humor, emotion, absurdity, morality, and humility…the result is a truly inspired series of performances and an utterly entertaining audiobook. Listening quickly becomes a compulsion. Publishers Weekly
“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
“I feel that the best thing that can happen to a writer is for someone to interpret your text. It is a great experience, listening to your words. Etgar Keret
“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.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Kendare Blake

Author Bio: Kendare Blake

Kendare Blake is the author of several series, including the Anna novels, the Goddess War series, and the acclaimed Three Dark Crowns series, as well as a stand-alone novel. Her book Anna Dressed in Blood was a finalist for the Cybils Awards. Her books have been translated into eighteen languages, have been featured on multiple best-of-year lists, and have received many regional and librarian awards. She holds an MA degree in creative writing from Middlesex University in northern London.

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Author Bio: Etgar Keret

Author Bio: Etgar Keret

Etgar Keret was born in Tel Aviv in 1967. Recipient of the French Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, he is a lecturer at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the author of the story collection Suddenly, a Knock on the Door. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Paris Review, and the New York Times, among many other publications.

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Author Bio: Nathan Englander

Author Bio: Nathan Englander

Nathan Englander’s short fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic, and numerous anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He is the author of the novel The Ministry of Special Cases and the story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, which earned him a PEN/Malamud Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Author Bio: Miriam Shlesinger

Author Bio: Miriam Shlesinger

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 5.02
Audience: Adult
Language: English