Authors Out Loud presents:
Etgar Keret and Nathan Englander in Conversation
Found in Translation: Suddenly, A Knock at the Door
Tuesday, May 1, 7:30 pm
$15; $12 Member/Student with ID/Senior
Made possible by the Marjorie Watson Serendipity Fund at the DCJCC
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.
Etgar Keret is the author of six bestselling story collections including The Nimrod Flip Out, Missing Kissinger, and The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God & Other Stories. His writing has been published in Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and Zoetrope. Jellyfish, his first movie as a director along with his wife, Shira Geffen, won the Camera d’Or prize for best first feature at Cannes in 2007. In 2010 he was named a Chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters.
Nathan Englander is the author of the internationally bestselling story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and the novel The Ministry of Special Cases. His short fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, and numerous anthologies. He is the author of the new short-story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank and translated the New American Haggadah.
Praise for Keret:
“A brilliant writer . . . completely unlike any writer I know. The voice of the next generation.” -Salman Rushdie
“Keret can do more with six paragraphs than most writers can with 600 pages.” -Kyle Smith, People
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Funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.