Israeli Author Etgar Keret Hits Amazon’s Best-seller List

‘Suddenly, a Knock on the Door’ has been listed as one of Amazon’s five best-selling short-story collections.

Israeli author Etgar Keret’s book “Suddenly, a Knock on the Door” has been listed as one of Amazon’s five best-selling short-story collections and praised by critics in the United States, Britain and Australia.

The book was released in English a few weeks ago by American publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux, translated by Nathan Englander, Miriam Shlesinger and Sondra Silverston.

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Critics in most major American and European newspapers have praised the book. The New York Times, which has declared Keret “a genius” in the past, described the new collection as “more mature” and said Keret is an “expert at capturing the whims and anxieties of children.”

“I’ve received good reviews in the United States and England before, but this time they’re both better and from wall to wall,” Keret said yesterday.

He said he had a feeling that this was his best book and added: “It’s nice we think the same thing.”

The Guardian said the collection “brims with invention.” It said that sometimes “the reader begins to tire of so much relentless wit and invention,” but added that “to complain about Keret being Keret is like complaining about Chekhov being Chekhov.”

The L.A. Times wrote: “If you have room in your heart, wallet or reading list for just one book of short stories this year, make it Etgar Keret’s ‘Suddenly, a Knock on The Door.’”

The book also received rave reviews from the Washington Post, Time Out New York, The San Francisco Chronicle and Entertainment Weekly.

The book was first published in Hebrew in 2010 by Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, Dvir. It has been translated into French and Dutch and is also to be published in Greece, Germany, Italy and Spain.