Surreal Israel. Etgar Keret's stories plumb the strange side of the Holy Land

Missing Kissinger

Etgar Keret's works are the most-stolen volumes from Israel's bookshops, something the author puts down to having an avid, young and cash-strapped audience. Logically, perhaps, he is also the most widely-read author in the country's jails.

Part of the appeal no doubt rests in the brevity of Keret's surreal snapshots of Israel's intifadeh generations ("Just enough to read between leaving your cell and getting stopped in the showers," is how he puts it). There is also the way that his very short stories — there are 46 in Missing Kissinger, in just 211...

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