Here is “Suddenly A Knock On The Door”, another collection of short stories by Etgar Keret. I have already acquainted myself with his prose in some of his previous collections, “The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be a God” and “The Girl On The Fridge”.
Born and raised in Israel, Keret is much influenced and inspired by the twisted reality of his own counterparts and the endless discord between the two nations inhabiting the Promised Land. His stories are humane, however often decorated with absurd circumstances or events. To read Keret is as similar as to go on your own and stretch a towel on a crowded beach where your own ears would turn into German autobahns through which in a high speed are rushing the stories of the surrounding people. There are all kinds of characters dragging their fates behind. Keret is like a real magician who distinctively charges his stories with the tragicomical essence of mankind in stories that don’t repeat. His writings are short, dense and crazy as the end is never what you have anticipated.
A few short stories from “Suddenly A Knock On The Door” have reserved a special place in this department of my memory where I collect the most precious pieces of quality literature I come across.
One of these short stories is so dear to me that I almost wish to tear up the pages and fold them in my pocket. It is called “What Do We Cary In Our Pockets” and filmmaker Goran Dukic has made a short film based on it. These might be the sweetest, most encouraging and most inspiring 4 minutes for you today! Enjoy them!