Story Title: ‘Lieland’ by Etgar Keret
Collection/Anthology?: Suddenly a Knock on the Door (Chatto & Windus)
Briefly: Robbie is something of a compulsive lier. Then he has a dream that makes him think twice about his lies, or rather the negative nature of them.
Afterthoughts: If there is any story that epitomises the absurd yet magnificently controlled nature of Keret’s fiction, then this is it. Keret introduces us to ‘Lieland’, a place where our lies go to hang out together. Along with being wholly surreal, Lieland is also a contemplation on the effect that our lies can have on other people, but not on those who we tell the lies to, but rather those who we choose to be the subject of our untruths. All in all a clever little tale, and one that should make the reader think twice about any lies that may be set to spring forth from their own mouth.
This story was read as part of a review of the Etgar Keret collection, Suddenly a Knock on the Door. If you want to find out more about this collection then I invite you to pop along to my forethoughts post for this title. I also encourage you to make a trip over to the publisher page for this title.