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The Nimrod Flipout

Stories

Etgar Keret; Translated by the Institute for Translation of Hebrew Literature

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Already featured on This American Life and Selected Shorts, these stories introduce a man who finds equal pleasure in his beautiful girlfriend and the fat, soccer-loving lout she turns into after dark; shrinking parents; a case of impotence cured by a pet terrier; and a pessimistic Middle Eastern talking fish. The Nimrod Flipout is an extraordinary collection from Israel's most acclaimed young writer.

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THE NIMROD FLIPOUT (Fatso)

Surprised? Of course I was surprised. You go out with a girl. First date, second date, a restaurant here, a movie there, always just matinees. You start sleeping together, the sex is mind-blowing, and pretty soon there’s feeling too. And then, one day, she shows up in tears, and you hug her and tell her to take it easy, everything’s going to be OK, and she says she can’t stand it anymore, she has this secret, not just a secret, something really awful, a curse, something she’s been wanting to tell you from the beginning but she didn’t have

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"His enchantingly witty stories suggest that a keen intelligence can still flourish even when the air is full of flying metal ... Our best chance is that Etgar Keret will become a craze, a craze for sanity." --Clive James

"The best work of literature to come out of Israel in the last five thousand years--better than Leviticus and nearly as funny. Each page is a cut and polished gem. Do yourself a favor, walk over to the counter and buy this book now." --Gary Shteyngart, author of THE RUSSIAN DEBUTANTE'S HANDBOOK

"Stories that are short, strange, funny, deceptively casual in tone and effect, stories that sound like a joke but aren't--Etgar Keret is a writer to be taken seriously."
--Yann Martel, author of THE LIFE OF PI

"Keret's short stories are filled with antiheroes. There are no brave Maccabees, no swashbuckling warriors. Instead, his sketches dramatize the mundane details of daily life. "When you wake up in the morning," he says, "before you've had your first cup of coffee, what you think about is not, Why isn't there a Palestinian state? You say, 'Why doesn't my girlfriend love me?' Or 'I hope somebody didn't steal my car.' "
Stories can be dreams, of a sort, and Keret's seem to promise that there is more to life than Merkava tanks and suicide killers, more even than nanotech or IPOs. His quirky collections--which have sold more than 200,000 copies in Israel--offer a glimpse into the Israeli subconscious. They satisfy jumbled, humble hopes--not the high-blown fantasies of the original frontiersmen." --Kevin Peraino, Newsweek

"Etgar Keret's short stories are fierce, funny, full of energy and insight, and at the same time they are often deep, tragic, and very moving." --Amos Oz, author of A Tale of Love and Darkness

"To try to describe Keret's work in fewer words than the work itself is a project perverse, paradoxical, modern, and strange--in short, it is like an Etgar Keret story, except not as funny and not as interesting. So I ask you to open the book and read." --Neal Stephenson, author of Cryptonomicon

"Etgar Keret is the voice of young Israel . . . [His] stories still seemed to deal with all the important things, friendship, sadness, fear . . . Unlike anything else the country [is] producing." --Linda Grant, The Independent

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Work in Progress » Blog Archive » Willem Dafoe, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Shalom Auslander Read Etgar Keret
There's something about Etgar Keret's short stories that sound great when read aloud. Fortunately for us, a few of his notable friends have volunteered to read pieces from his latest collection, Suddenly, A Knock on the Door. You can also read Keret's story "Mystique" along with Willem Dafoe, should you so choose.
- FSG's Work in Progress

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Etgar Keret; Translated by the Institute for Translation of Hebrew Literature

  • Etgar Keret is the author of three bestselling story collections, one novella, three graphic novels, and a children's book. His fiction has been translated into sixteen languages and has been the basis for more than forty short films (including the winner of an MTV prize). He lives and teaches in Tel Aviv.
  • Etgar Keret © Yanai Yechiel
    Etgar Keret
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The Nimrod Flipout

Stories

Etgar Keret; Translated by the Institute for Translation of Hebrew Literature

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