Dimensions:8in x 5.1 x 0.54 in | 0.38 lb
Page Count:208 pages
Etgar + Riverhead: Etgar’s memoir, The Seven Good Years, a major nonfiction literary event, will publish from Riverhead hardcover on 6/23/15. This publication will take Etgar’s profile to new heights, and it’s the first book in a multi-book contract we have with him. He’s now a house author who we’ll build book to book.
Beloved Backlist title: Like we did with Emma Straub, Meg Wolitzer, and Helen Oyeyemi, we have picked up the rights to this older and beloved title from Etgar Keret. Published by a tiny publisher, this collection was Etgar’s first published in English.
Short Story Star: Etgar is renowned for his singular style. He had a short story in the New Yorker in 2014.
Movie Tie-in Opportunities: One of the stories in this collection, “Kneller’s Happy Campers,” was the basis for the cult classic movie Wristcutter: A Love Story.
Buzzy Current Events: Etgar’s published op-eds and essays constantly from a recent piece in The New Yorker (that brought him a lot of controversy back home in Israel) to an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times.
Tons of High Profile Literary Fans: He has an incredible amount of high profile writer fans, including George Saunders, Nathan Englander, Salman Rushdie, John Green, Miranda July, Shalom Auslander, and more.
Always on the Move: Etgar is constantly on a “world tour.” He travels all over the world, doing festivals and readings, writers conferences and collaborations with other artists. He worked with the NYC dance troupe Pilobolus recently and is a regular on “This American Life” and a favorite of Ira Glass.
Global Star: Etgar is Israeli, but he’s a true global citizen. His books have been published in 36 languages worldwide.
Praise for The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God
“One couldn’t have hoped for a finer way to herald this major new voice in world literature.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“Wonderfully surreal, laugh-out-loud-funny stories… all of them witty gems from a singular storyteller.” – Elle
“Extraordinary” – The Boston Globe
Praise for Etgar Keret
“Etgar Keret is a genius...” — New York Times
"A brilliant writer...completely unlike any writer I know. The voice of the next generation." — Salman Rushdie
“One of my favorite Israeli writers.” – John Green
“Etgar’s stories are a reminder of that rude intangible that often goes unspoken in creative writing workshops: a great work of art is often just residual evidence of a great human soul. There is sweetheartedness and wisdom and eloquence and transcendence in his stories because these virtues exist in abundance in Etgar himself… I am very happy that Etgar and his work are in the world, making things better.” – George Saunders
“When I first read Etgar's stories, I wondered what was wrong with him -- had his mother smoked crack while pregnant? was he dropped on his head as an infant? -- until I met him, and grew to know him, and realized his problem was much worse than I had ever imagined: he is a terribly caring human being in a terribly uncaring universe. Basically, he's fucked.” – Shalom Auslander
"Etgar Keret is #1 writer in Israel and #2 in my heart (after my dachshund Felix).” – Gary Shteyngart
“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"
“Exhilarating… For Keret, the creative impulse resides not in a conscious devotion to the classic armature of fiction (character, plot, theme, etc.) but in an allegiance to the anarchic instigations of the subconscious. His best stories display a kind of irrepressible dream logic.” – Steve Almond, New York Times
“Etgar Keret possesses an imagination not easily slotted into conventional literary categories. His very short stories might be described as Kafkaesque parables, magic-realist knock-knock jokes or sad kernels of cracked cosmic wisdom.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“[Keret’s writing] testifies to the power of the surreal, the concise and the fantastic… [O]blique, breezy, seriocomic fantasies that defy encapsulation, categorization and even summary.” – Washington Post
“It's astonishing what he can do in just two pages: go from funny to bizarre to touching to satiric to meta to surprising and surreal… [A] master storyteller, creating deep, tragic, funny, painful tales with scarcely more words than you've read in this review.” – Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times