Writers, friends and translators of each other’s work, Etgar Keret and Nathan Englander will share stories about translation, life, and everything in between. Keret’s most recent collection of short stories, Suddenly, A Knock at the Door, features tales overflowing with absurdity, humor, sadness, and compassion. The stories in this collection exude a rare combination of depth and accessibility. In one, a man barges into the writer`s house, pulls out a gun, and demands that he tell him a story. In another, a pathological liar discovers one day that all his lies are true, while a third features a young woman finding a miniature zipper in her partner`s mouth, which she pulls to reveal a completely different man hiding underneath. Suddenly, A Knock on the Door is Keret’s most mature and playful work yet. Englander, a long-time friend of Keret, is a co-translator of the book.
Added by Elie Lichtschein on March 30, 2012