Arab Today, arab today \suddenly\ surreal stories from a modern master
Last Updated : GMT 12:48:35
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

\'Suddenly\': surreal stories from a modern master

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today \'Suddenly\': surreal stories from a modern master

London - Arabstoday

My favorite story in Israeli writer Etgar Keret\'s new collection starts with a hipster trying to make a movie and ends with him being brought back to life by a goldfish after being bludgeoned to death. The story, \"What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish?\" features the best of Keret\'s distinctive style. At barely seven pages long, it\'s wildly succinct; the premise is absurd and tender; the social perspective is unapologetically irreverent; and the language is spare and vivid, moving like a shot from point A to B. The characters too are perfectly economical. Yonatan is the kid with the camera and a maudlin concept for a commercial documentary. He\'s an emotional mercenary — totally naive and totally crass. Sergei Goralick is an emigre from Soviet Russia, so deeply withdrawn from society that when the kid with the camera at his front door won\'t go away, the old man panics and beans him with a pan. And the magic goldfish is wise and impatient to grant a third wish so he can be freed from his little glass bowl: \"You killed him, Sergei,\" the goldfish says. \"You murdered someone — but you\'re not a murderer.\" The goldfish stops swishing his tail. \"If, on this, you won\'t waste a wish, then tell me, Sergei, what is it good for?\" The story slams down around its characters. Scenes and points of view shift suddenly and smoothly. Now we\'re making a movie. Now we\'re worried about the KGB. Then there\'s a murder. Now there\'s a magic fish and an epiphany. Then it\'s as if nothing ever happened. These pieces aren\'t breathless, but they are singular and focused and over before you have a chance to look away. When they are operating best — as in \"What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish?\" or the baleful \"Creative Writing,\" about a marriage at a crossroads — Keret\'s stories express a wistful density. They leave much unexplained, flirt with magical realism, end with a gesture or an unfinished idea. And even though Keret is known for his flash fiction and very short stories, the longer stories in this collection have a special appeal — the stripped style and one-liners have a chance to contradict themselves or resolve discordantly. That isn\'t to say these stories are inaccessible, gloomy or even \"sensitive.\" Quite the opposite. Keret is funny, snarly, profane and so contemporary that if he used more brand names you might accuse him of being pop art. A hardened child killer is executed and wakes up in the afterlife to find that his personalized hell is to live out eternity as Pooh Bear. A life insurance agent is critically injured when a suicide jumper lands on him; he emerges from a coma only to realize he was happier when unconscious. There are any number of middle-aged men reconsidering their value systems, divorced dads and infidelities. Everyone seems conflicted. And middle-aged. Suddenly, a Knock on the Door is a dense collection to read through. Keret\'s fiction might do better to stand alone amongst the pages of The New Yorker or in a literary magazine, where his language and style are offset and the delivery is more perfect peach than family size bag of potato chips. Several pieces — like \"The Story, Victorious,\" \"Ari\" or \"Hemorrhoid\" — feel like curiosities, long aphorisms or angry jokes next to the more taut and sophisticated stories. At times, Keret seems like a circus performer: Look at this cool little trick I can do while I\'m catching my breath for my next amazing stunt. But it is hard to argue with a mind that\'s keeping itself so busy and trying to keep us busy, too. No one can accuse Keret of wanting to get his readers to think less, or to stop paying attention.

arabstoday
arabstoday

GMT 10:44 2017 Friday ,28 April

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair launched

GMT 09:22 2017 Friday ,28 April

Book fair success commended

GMT 08:10 2017 Thursday ,27 April

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair launched

GMT 09:09 2017 Wednesday ,19 April

Braille reading contest winners honoured

GMT 07:10 2017 Wednesday ,19 April

Deputy Premier patronises book launch

GMT 07:26 2017 Tuesday ,18 April

Abu Dhabi gears up for international book fair

GMT 12:19 2017 Friday ,14 April

Sharjah ruler launches book version
View News in Arabic - Culture: مراجعة كتب
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today \suddenly\ surreal stories from a modern master Arab Today, arab today \suddenly\ surreal stories from a modern master

 



Arab Today, arab today

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today \suddenly\ surreal stories from a modern master Arab Today, arab today \suddenly\ surreal stories from a modern master

 



Arab Today, arab today France defies terrorism through tourism

GMT 15:18 2017 Saturday ,20 May

France defies terrorism through tourism
Arab Today, arab today Mai Al-Jeddawi presents décor ideas for Ramadan

GMT 10:44 2017 Friday ,28 April

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair launched

GMT 09:22 2017 Friday ,28 April

Book fair success commended

GMT 08:10 2017 Thursday ,27 April

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair launched

GMT 09:09 2017 Wednesday ,19 April

Braille reading contest winners honoured

GMT 07:10 2017 Wednesday ,19 April

Deputy Premier patronises book launch

GMT 07:26 2017 Tuesday ,18 April

Abu Dhabi gears up for international book fair

GMT 12:19 2017 Friday ,14 April

Sharjah ruler launches book version
View News in Arabic - Culture: مراجعة كتب
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

GMT 09:49 2017 Tuesday ,02 May

Girl barred from Malaysia chess competition

GMT 17:59 2017 Monday ,12 June

Designer Rania Adel reveals her new collection

GMT 08:48 2017 Saturday ,06 May

Climate science: Bad news gets worse

GMT 16:25 2017 Sunday ,04 June

“Suhoor” is basic meal for fasting

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 11:09 2017 Sunday ,25 June

HUAWEI P10 the ‘guru’ of portrait shots
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday