Etgar Keret Book Nominated for an Audie Award in the United States

The English audio version of the Israeli short-story writer's 'Suddenly, a Knock on the Door' is up for best multi-voiced performance.

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The audio English version of Etgar Keret's "Suddenly, a Knock on the Door" has been nominated for best multivoiced performance at the American Audie Awards. The short stories in "Suddenly" are read by radio personality Ira Glass, actor Willem Dafoe and novelists Gary Shteyngart and Michael Chabon.

In 2010, Omri Herzog wrote in Haaretz that many of the three dozen or so stories in "Suddenly" "deal with a journey that the story abandons before it reaches its destination or crashes." Herzog spoke of "disrupted plans, acts of impersonation, [and] dark forces that channel everything worthy and proper in an unexpected direction."

Last year in Haaretz Books, Yasmin Kaye wrote that a "sense of wonder and discovery pervades the stories," which feel "darker and more mature than some of his previous work."

The Audie Awards are granted by the Audio Publishers Association; they are the only major awards for audio books in the United States. Among the prize categories are drama, biography, business, children, classics and fantasy. Last year's winners included Tina Fey, William Shatner and Jane Fonda.

Other candidates this year include writers Emma Donoghue, Hilary Mantel and Kazuo Ishiguro. Among the readers are actors such as Samuel L. Jackson, Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Anne Hathaway, Dustin Hoffman and Colin Firth.

Author Etgar Keret.Credit: Tal Cohen