Best-Selling Israeli Author and Award-Winning Filmmaker
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Monday, April 22, 2013
Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library
A Talk and Reading with Etgar Keret
Hailed as the voice of young Israel and one of its most radical and extraordinary writers, Etgar Keret is internationally acclaimed for his short stories. Born in Tel Aviv in 1967 to an extremely diverse family, his brother heads an Israeli group that lobbies for the legalization of marijuana, and his sister is an orthodox Jew and the mother of ten children. Keret regards his family as a microcosm of Israel.
Part Kafka, part Vonnegut, with the concerns and comedic delivery of Woody Allen, Etgar Keret is a brilliant and original master of the short story. Hilarious, witty, and always unusual, declared “a genius” by The New York Times, Keret’s sixth and most recent collection of short stories is Suddenly, A Knock on the Door (2012).
He has also written several feature screenplays, including Skin Deep (1996) and has co-directed, with his wife Shira Geffen, Jellyfish, which won the Camera d’Or prize at Cannes.
Previous books include The Girl on the Fridge (2008), The Nimrod Flip-Out (2006), Missing Kissinger (2008), and The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God (2004), among others.
Sponsored by The Department of Religion and Classics, The Center for Jewish Studies, and the Department of English.
For further information, contact the Department of Religion and Classics at 585.275.5378 or email Edward Wierenga.