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Etgar Keret: A Mother’s WWII Bedtime Stories
Etgar Keret’s first exposure to making up stories was his mother’s bedtime stories. Sometimes fictional, sometime real, his mother’s stories were influenced by her experience growing up in a Poland ghetto during WWII. In this deeply personal talk Keret discusses the magical childlike world of his mother, juxtaposed by the horror of the war around her. In trying to tell his mother’s stories, Keret seeks to find an understanding of the forces that had impacted his family and himself. Check out Etgar’s short stories HERE.
Internationally acclaimed for his short stories, rarely extending beyond three or four pages, Etgar Keret‘s stories fuse the banal with the surreal. Keret’s bestselling books offer a window on a world that is both dark and comic. Keret is also the author of a memoir, The Seven Good Years, in which he contemplates moments of his life against a backdrop of constant conflict. Keret’s new book of stories Fly Already won the prestigious Sapir Prize. Keret’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Paris Review, among many other publications. He is a regular contributor to This American Life.