The Girl on the Fridge
Etgar Keret; Translated from the Hebrew by Miriam Shlesinger and Sondra Silverston
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
A birthday-party magician whose hat tricks end in horror and gore; a girl parented by a major household appliance; the possessor of the lowest IQ in the Mossad—such are the denizens of Etgar Keret's dark and fertile mind. The Girl on the Fridge contains the best of Keret's first collections, the ones that made him a household name in Israel and the major discovery of this last decade.
THE GIRL ON THE FRIDGE (Asthma Attack)
When you have an asthma attack, you can't breathe. When you can't breathe, you can hardly talk. To make a sentence all you get is the air in your lungs. Which isn't much. Three to six words, if that. You...
Praise for The Girl on the Fridge
“Keret is a brilliant writer . . . completely unlike any writer I know. He is the voice of the next generation.” —Salman Rushdie
“Keret may be the most important writer working in Israel right now; certainly he is the closest observer of its post-intifada, post-Oslo spiritual condition. And astonishingly, he is also the Israeli writer closest to the literary tradition of pre-Israel, pre- Holocaust European Jewry . . . Kafka said that literature should be an ax to break the frozen sea within us. Keret is a writer whaling at the ice with a Wiffle ball bat.” —Stephen Marche, The Forward
“Short, strange, funny, deceptively casual in tone and affect, stories that sound like a joke but aren't--Etgar Keret is a writer to be taken seriously.” —Yann Martel
“Keret can do more with six . . . paragraphs than most writers can with 600 pages.” —Kyle Smith, People
In the Press
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