Vitalities and Fatalities in Intimate Relationships in Etgar Keret’s Graphic Narratives

  • Nurit Buchweitz


This chapter centers on the awarded Israeli author Etgar Keret who focuses, from the early stages of his literary career as a short-story writer, on depiction of closest intimate relationships. Set within the confines of the nuclear family, many of the stories in Keret’s collaborative graphic fiction Nobody Said It Was Going to be Fun (1996), Streets of Rage (1997), and Pizzeria Kamikaze (2004) revolve around episodes in which the protagonist is involved in one-on-one situations of different forms of intimacies. In Keret’s graphic fiction, the privileged intimacies of the nuclear family and coupledom are reaffirmed. Yet, in Keret’s fiction, they are not normative, transparent, neutral, or disembodied. Keret exposes imbalances in social practices that effect intimate relationships and challenge them. Notably, the graphic medium allows Keret to plunge deeply into denaturalization of heteronormativity.


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  • Nurit Buchweitz
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  1. 1.Beit Berl CollegeBeit BerlIsrael

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