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Book Title: Jetlag|
The author of the book: Etgar Keret
Edition: Toby Press
Date of issue: January 1st 2006
ISBN 13: 9781592641550
Format files: PDF
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This is a collection of five short stories by Etgar Keret, each one illustrated by different artists. All the artists and the author are Israeli.
There are 5 stories in total in this book:
HaTrick: A magician's favorite trick becomes a horrible surprise every time he performs it.
Margolis: A kid is given a piggy bank to save up for a toy. However, he becomes more attached to the piggy bank.
Jetlag: A surreal story of a transatlantic flight where a guy is being wooed by a stewardess while being seated next to a demented little girl.
Passage To Hell: A town in Uzbekistan houses the gates of hell, and every damned soul gets a day out every hundred years. This is the story of a woman who falls in love with one of these damned souls.
The Romanian Circus: A man falls in love with a clumsy tight rope walker.
HaTrick was quite disturbing, and it may be an effect of the translation but it came across as quite ham fisted. I liked the story, Margolis, quite a bit. When I was a kid, I remember feeling bummed out about having to break a piggy bank to get the money out of it. So I sympathize with the kid, and his overly sentimental tendencies. Jetlag was really weird and kind of disturbing. The passage to hell was an interesting story, but i only liked it a little bit. The Romanian Circus was kind of a cute love story, but I didn't really like it that much. I only liked the art in Margolis story. The Romanian Circus had OK art. And I actively disliked the art in the other stories.
As a Jew, I feel some connection with Israel. As that is where most of the Jews in the world live. However, this book really underscores, to me, how different Israelis are from me culturally. Rarely, do books feel this foreign to me. Or, that may be Etgar Keret, or the translator. It is hard to say. Though, I may try to read some of his other works in translation, just to get an idea on if it is Israelis I feel alienated from, literarily, or just Keret.
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Read information about the authorEtgar Keret is an Israeli writer known for his short stories, graphic novels, and scriptwriting for film and television. His books had been published in more than thirty languages.
Keret has received the Prime Minister's award for literature, as well as the Ministry of Culture's Cinema Prize. The short film Malka Lev Adom (Skin Deep, 1996), which Keret wrote and directed with Ran Tal, won an Israel Film Academy award and first place in the Munich International Festival of Film Schools. The film Jellyfish, a joint venture for Keret and his wife received the Camera d'Or prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. In 2010, Keret received the Chevalier (Knight) Medallion of France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
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