Fly Already

Etgar Keret

Published: 12 September 2019
Hardback, B Format
129x198mm, 224 pages
ISBN: 9781783780495

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Published: 2 July 2020
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 224 pages
ISBN: 9781783780518

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About the author

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Born in Tel Aviv in 1967, ETGAR KERET is a leading voice in Israeli literature and cinema. He is the author of five bestselling story collections, which have been translated into 46 languages. His writing has been published in the New York Times, Le Monde, the Guardian, the New Yorker, the Paris Review and Esquire. He has also written a number of screenplays, and Jellyfish, his first film as a director alongside his wife Shira Geffen, won the Caméra d'Or prize for best first feature at Cannes in 2007. In 2010 he was awarded the Chevalier medallion of France's Order of Arts and Letters, and in 2016 he won the Bronfman Prize. His memoir The Seven Good Years was published by Granta in 2015. More about the author


‘[Fly Already] has a completeness and aliveness [...] that makes it a great first venture for the uninitiated, and each five pages contain more action than most novels. This is writing characterised by generosity, where being generous doesn't mean giving too much, but giving the right amount’



‘[The stories] read like Kafkaesque screwball comedies but, even at their most hilarious, they're shot through with tragedy. Keret's conversational writing voice and lightness of touch mask a fierce, philosophical intelligence’ Best short stories of 2019

Brilliantly edgy, unsettling, Kafkaesque and often very funnyJoyce Carol Oates

Dazzling: time and time again, Keret hits on an idea so good that another writer would turn it into a novel ... The book shows a master of the short story pushing against the limits of what the form can achieve. . . There's only one thing Keret is incapable of doing with a story: writing one that's boring’

I am in awe of Keret's ability to simultaneously make me laugh while crying, explore the joy and horror of every day life with precision, brevity and great psychological depth. His recognition of and engagement with the absurd is profound and he never loses his humanity, his heart long the way’ AM Homes

‘A grandmaster of the incongruous. . . It's Keret's particular brand of brilliance that can simultaneously hold tragedy and comedy, and in such compact packages. . . for Keret's riffs on reality, it seems the sky's the limit’

‘A reminder that writing can be accessible, creative, intelligent, transgressive, challenging, funny - and popular - all at the same’ Graeme Simsion

‘An antic, anarchic collection that pitches yearning, bumbling, bamboozled characters into situations where salient life lessons are difficult to come by’

‘Etgar Keret's latest collection of short stories will take you on an emotional rollercoaster’

‘Keret is a fantastically inventive writer who grounds wild stories in real emotion. Absurd, often surreal, and precisely, concisely written, the 22 stories here touch a nerve’

‘Keret writes tragicomic, Kafka-esque short stories with a wit as dry as the Negev. Acerbic, too, as he deals with humankind's propensity for existential alienation with the absurdity it deserves’ Books for Christmas

‘Keret's conversational style is so irresistible, his dialogue so unpretentious and authentic, his throwaway one-liners so damn funny, it's hard to imagine any reader with a sense of humour and a curiosity about humankind not being charmed by his work. . . [his] stories have a lovely lightness of awesome gut-punch

‘Keret's idiosyncratic collection is both funny and poignant, counterbalancing comedy with a sharp observation of human nature...These are brief, punchy stories, inventive and confident...a hugely enjoyable collection, full of surprises’

‘Keret's new collection of 22 inventive stories showcases his razor-sharp, satiric wit and genre-shifting style’

‘Reading Fly Already is like settling down for a ride in a luxurious car with a world-class driver who has an extremely crazy worldview that doesn't interfere with his amazing driving. Is there any better way to see the world?’ Elif Batuman

‘The prose is clear, the tone cool and often funny.... Keret has a terrific turn of phrase... thrilling

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