Equal parts Franz Kafka and Kurt Vonnegut, and suffused with inimitable and absurdist hilarity, Israeli writer Etgar Keret is a singular voice in contemporary literature. His masterful short stories, at once dark and delightfully comedic, capture human experience in all of its inspiring beauty and perplexing shortcomings. As readers, we are bewitched by the strange and surreal worlds he creates. Keret visits Chicago to celebrate the English translation of his sixth bestselling collection, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door. Novelist Nathan Englander, the collection's translator, joins Keret in conversation.
This program is presented in partnership with the Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Spertus Institute, the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago, the Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies, Northwestern University, the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest.