Equal parts Franz Kafka and Kurt Vonnegut, and suffused with inimitable and absurdist hilarity, Israeli writer Etgar Keret is a singular voice in contemporary literature. His masterful short stories, at once dark and delightfully comedic, capture human experience in all of its inspiring beauty and perplexing shortcomings. As readers, we are bewitched by the strange and surreal worlds he creates. Keret visits Chicago to celebrate the English translation of his sixth bestselling collection, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door. Novelist Nathan Englander, the collection's translator, joins Keret in conversation.
This program is presented in partnership with the Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Spertus Institute, the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago, the Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies, Northwestern University, the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest.
Speakers and Performers
Born in Tel Aviv in 1967, Etgar Keret is the author of six bestselling story collections, most recently Suddenly, a Knock on the Door. His writing has been published in Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and Zoetrope. Jellyfish, his first movie as a director along with his wife, Shira Geffen, won the Camera d’Or prize for best first feature at Cannes in 2007. In 2010 he was named a Chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters.
Nathan Englander is the author of the forthcoming collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, as well as the internationally bestselling story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, and the novel The Ministry of Special Cases (all published by Knopf/Vintage). Translated into more than a dozen languages, Englander was selected as one of “20 Writers for the 21st Century” by The New Yorker, received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Malamud Award, and the Bard Fiction Prize.