The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God & Other Stories by Etgar Keret.
Brief, intense, painfully funny, and shockingly honest, Keret’s stories are snapshots that illuminate with intelligence and wit the hidden truths of life. 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.
Etgar Keret was born in Tel Aviv in 1967. He is undoubtedly the most popular writer among Israeli youth, who feel he expresses their world, and his unique style has been widely imitated. Critic Nissim Calderon writes that Keret is “the Amos Oz of his generation,” and the daily Yedioth Ahronoth chose his book Missing Kissinger as one of the fifty most important Israeli books of all time.
Keret’s books have all been bestsellers and each of them was awarded the Book Publishers’ Association Platinum Book Prize for selling more than 40,000 copies. He received the Prime Minister’s Prize for literature and the Ministry of Culture Cinema Prize. His books in translation have received critical acclaim around the world.
Keret lectures at Tel Aviv University Film School. His movie, Skin Deep, won the Israeli Oscar as well as first prize at several international film festivals. About 50 short films based on his stories have been produced, and one received the 1998 American MTV Prize for the best animated film.