The Galley Beggar Press
Short Story Prize 2018/19


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Classic Stories No. 10:
ETGER KERET, ‘Fly already’

AS WE ENTER THE FINAL TWO WEEKS OF THE GBP Short Story Prize 2018/19, we’ll be posting recommendations from our judges of short stories (both classic and contemporary) for readers and entrants to access freely.

Today, here is Etgar Keret’s ‘Fly already’, chosen by GBP Short Story Prize judge Philip Langeskov. Philip writes: ‘Some stories will pitch you into a situation, often a dramatic one, the coordinates of which you appear to know already, as if they are part of a widely understood myth - what goes up must come down; it's just a case of the story playing itself out, the thing that is up becoming the thing that is down. But even as it does so, even as it fulfils your expectations, you notice that its turning your head, by degrees, until you're seeing the same things in a fundamentally different way.’

You can read ‘Fly already’ here.

An interview with Etgar can be found here.

To learn more about this year’s prize, head here.