September 09, 2016
Etgar Keret, the most widely read and celebrated Israeli writer of his generation, will read from his work on Sept. 22 as part of the Raji-Syman Visiting Writers Series at Susquehanna University. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium of Seibert Hall. Co-sponsored by the Writers Institute and the Jewish and Israel Studies Program, the event is free and open to the public.
Keret is known for his surrealist short stories in collections such as The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God & Other Stories, The Girl on the Fridge, and Suddenly, A Knock on the Door; for his memoir The Seven Good Years; and for his scriptwriting. Several graphic novels and short films based on his stories have been produced.
Keret is the recipient of the 2016 Charles Bronfman Award, which recognized the humanitarian vision of his writing. His film work has also won several awards, including a Camera D'Or, Young Critics Award, SACD Screenwriting Award at the Cannes Film Festival, an MTV Prize for best-animated film, and an Israel Film Academy Award.
His books have been translated into 41 different languages, including Farsi. The New York Times has called Keret "a genius," and Salman Rushdie says he is "a brilliant writer ... completely unlike any other writer I know. The voice of the next generation." People magazine said, "Keret can do more with six ... paragraphs than most writers can with 600 pages."