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Todd

(2013)
A Novella by

 
 
Do not let Etgar Keret deceive you. The Israeli writer who's worked in film, illustration, animation, and radio, is a storyteller in all senses of the word. Like a conman, he'll promise you a simple story and then the next thing you know your emotional reserves have been completely emptied. It's a literary bait and switch, and he'll get you every time.

Here, in "Todd," a story that also challenges the boundaries between literature and reality, Etgar directly engages with the wonderful deception of fiction itself. The titular friend asks the narrator, who resembles Etgar-an Israeli short story writer who frequently appears on NPR-to write a story that'll help him get girls into bed. The narrator must then explain that writing doesn't work that way: "A story isn't a magic spell or hypnotherapy," the narrator claims, and yet that is exactly what happens here.

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Genre: General Fiction

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Audio Editions

December 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Todd
Author(s): Etgar Keret, Benjamin Samuel (foreword)
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2013 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Todd
Author(s): Etgar Keret, Benjamin Samuel (foreword)
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Todd
Author(s): Etgar Keret, Benjamin Samuel (foreword)
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Todd
Author(s): Etgar Keret, Benjamin Samuel (foreword)
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2013 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Todd (Electric Literature's Recommended Reading Book 12)
Author(s): Etgar Keret
Publisher: Electric Literature
Availability: Amazon