The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God

And Other Stories

By Etgar Keret
(Toby Press, Paperback, 9781592641055, 200pp.)

Publication Date: September 2004

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Description
Israel's hippest bestselling young writer today, Etgar Keret is part court jester, part literary crown prince, part national conscience. The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God gathers his daring and provocative short stories for the first time in English. Brief, intense, painfully funny, and shockingly honest, Keret's stories are snapshots that illuminate with intelligence and wit the hidden truths of life. As with the best comic authors, hilarity and anguish are the twin pillars of his work. Keret covers a remarkable emotional and narrative terrain-from a father's first lesson to his boy to a standoff between soldiers caught in the Middle East conflict to a slice of life where nothing much happens. Bus Driver includes stories from Keret's bestselling collections in Israel, Pipelines and Missing Kissinger, as well as Keret's major new novella, "Kneller's Happy Campers," a bitingly satirical yet wistful road trip set in the afterlife for suicides.



About the Author
Etgar Keret was born in Tel Aviv in 1967. His stories have been featured on "This American Life "and "Selected Shorts". As screenwriters/ directors, he and his wife, Shira Geffen, won the 2007 Palme d'Or for Best Debut Feature ("Jellyfish") at the Cannes Film Festival. His books include "The Nimrod Flipout" and "Suddenly, a Knock on the Door".
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