Etgar Keret, Israeli writer (Missing Kissinger, The Girl on the Fridge) and filmmaker (Jellyfish, winner of the Caméra d’Or at Cannes and Best Director Award of the French Artists and Writers’ Guild) reads his short story “Shoes.”
Born in Tel Aviv in 1967, Etgar is the most popular writer among Israel’s young generation. His writing has been published in The New York Times, Le Monde, The Guardian, The Paris Review and Zoetrope. Over 40 short movies have been based on his stories, one of which won the American MTV Prize. At present, he lectures at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. In 2010, Keret was honored in France with the decoration of Chevalier de l`Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His books have been published abroad in 29 languages in 34 countries.
"Keret is a brilliant writer . . . completely unlike any writer I know. He is the voice of the next generation," says Salman Rushdie.
“Etgar, are you going to eat that chocolate torte?” I said when I once had the pleasure of lunching with him and discovering for myself what a gentle, humorous, smart knight he is. He’s also one of my favorite new writers.