‘Suddenly a Knock on the Door’ by Etgar Keret

Story Title: ‘Suddenly a Knock on the Door’ by Etgar Keret
Collection/Anthology?: Suddenly a Knock on the Door (Chatto & Windus)
Briefly: Etgar’s in a bit of a pickle. There’s a Swede sitting on the couch in his apartment with a gun, and he’s demanding to be told a story. Will Etgar be saved by a knock on the door?
Afterthoughts: The titular story of the collection, and I can’t remember ever reading a short story from Etgar Keret where he himself stars visibly as the protagonist. As such there’s something of an autobiographical flavour to this tale, albeit with a surreal edge. Suddenly a Knock on the Door is a little political, a little humourous, and a lot entertaining. The reader also gets an opportunity to learn something of Etgar’s writing philosophy, so it’s all good. Recommended.

Rating: ★★★½☆

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.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).