The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God is the first book of stories I’ve read in a long time. I’m not a person who reads a lot of stories. You may have noticed that there are very few articles about stories on the blog. But sometimes such storybooks come to my attention; I feel stupid for not reading enough stories. Etgar Keret is an exciting author that I have read for the first time and will be in close follow-up.
The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God struck me most with the short story Kneller’s Happy Camp. Then I saw that one of my favourite films, Wristcutters: A Love Story, was inspired by this story.
Etgar Keret is so colourful an author with a different mind. He is a productive and highly successful man who not only writes but also directs films. If you are searching for weird stories, you may like him and his stories. Enjoy!
About the book: The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God
Classic warped and wonderful stories from a “genius” (The New York Times) and so master storyteller.
Brief, intense, painfully funny, and shockingly honest, Etgar Keret’s stories are snapshots that however illuminate with intelligence and wit the hidden truths of life. As with the best writers of fiction, so 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 up in the Middle East so conflict to a slice of life where nothing much happens. New to Riverhead’s list, these wildly inventive, uniquely humane stories so are for fans of Etgar Keret’s inimitable style and readers of transforming, brilliant fiction.
About the author: Etgar Keret
Etgar Keret is an Israeli writer known for his short stories, graphic novels, and scriptwriting for film and television.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: