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November 2008
My Literary Top 10:
Etgar Keret

Top 10
Best short story I’ve ever read
‘Metamorphosis’ by Franz Kafka
Book that should be on the national curriculum
Dolly City by Orly Castel-Bloom should be taught in schools. It is a good preparation for the crazy life of adults. Another good choice is Alexander Hamon’s Bruno’s Question.
Best film of the book I’ve seen
Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, based on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.
Best opening line to a short story
“I’m never going to write another story”, from ‘My Last Story’ by Janet Frame.
My favourite opening line of a novel
Can’t think of one right now.
My favourite novel that no one else seems to have heard of
Bernhard by Yoel Hoffman.
The book I’d most like to reread, if I could find it again
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck.
My favourite bookshop
Book Worm in Rabin Square Tel-Aviv.
Author I’d like to nominate for the Nobel Prize for literature
I think Kurt Vonnegut really deserved that prize, but had too much of a sense of humour for the Swedes to see him as a serious contender.
Deceased author I’d most like to meet
I’d like to get drunk with Raymond Carver, play chess with Nabokov (with his brain, I’d surely lose) and have my throat examined by Anton Chekhov.
Tel Aviv native Etgar Keret started writing in 1992 at the age of 25. He has since published four books of short stories, one novella, three books of comics and a children's book, which have received international acclaim and been translated into 20 languages, including Korean and Chinese. His book Missing Kissinger has been listed among the 50 most important Israeli books of all time. His story 'The Nimrod Flip-Out' was published in Francis Ford Coppola's magazine, Zoetrope (2004). Keret’s stories have also been the source of inspiration for over 40 short films, several of which have won prizes. Missing Kissinger is published in the UK by Chatto & Windus, and is longlisted for the 2007 Frank O’Connor international fiction award.