Pizzeria Kamikaze y otros relatos/ Pizzeria Kamikaze and Other Storiesby Etgar Keret
Pizzeria Kamikaze is about a guy with a broken heart who committed suicide only to find himself at Pizza Kamikaze, a regular day job in a world where everyone died before. Now, it's about passing time.
Best known for his screenplays and graphic novels, Keret caught the literary world's attention in 1994 with the publication of his second book, Extrañando a Kissinger("Missing Kissinger"). He is the recipient of many awards, including the Israeli Prime Minister's award for literature, an Israel Film Academy Award, and a Camera d'Or Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, and has gained popularity with young adults through his graphic novels and comic books. In these five stories, Keret explores the culture of blankness exemplified by the title story, whose characters have all committed suicide. Broken-hearted, 20-year-old Haim has killed himself by slitting his wrists and ends up working at Pizzería Kamikaze in a world where everyone has died before. He discovers that suicide leads to existence in an afterlife limbo that is slightly worse than his former life. There, Haim encounters uninspired friends, including his former roommate, Ari, who threw himself out of a window. Soon, the girl who drove Haim to his death arrives in the afterlife, and Haim and Ari start a not particularly vigorous search for her. As satire, this story falls short because the author focuses less on plot than on setting up the ground rules for the afterlife, also explored in the volume's other stories. Nonetheless, Keret's lean, contemporary style and use of everyday language, slang, and dialects solidifies his position as a major 21st-century writer. "Pizzería Kamikaze" debuted as the feature film Wristcutters: A Love Story in 2007. Recommended for large public library collections serving Spanish-speaking adults.-Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis, Univ. of Denver, COCopyright© Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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