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The Embassy of Israel in the Philippines launched the first Hebrew to Filipino book translation entitled Big­la, May Kumatok sa Pinto by revered Israeli author, Etgar Keret.

Ambassador Rafael Harpaz invites Filipinos to get a copy of ‘Bigla, May Kumatok sa Pinto,’ a collection of short stories by Etgar Keret, translated to Filipino by U Z. Eliserio of UP’s College of Literature.CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

Bigla, May Kumatok sa Pinto, known for its English version as Suddenly, a Knock on the Door, is a collection of short stories by Etgar Keret — a leading voice in Israeli literature and cinema. His five best-selling story collections have been translated into 46 languages.

During the book launch held via Zoom on April 26, Etgar Keret expressed his hope that the Filipino readers will relate more to the short stories now that they are translated to their local language. He also encouraged the Filipino caregivers working in Israel to read the Bigla, May Kumatok sa Pinto book.

“This is another milestone that demonstrates the strong relations between Israel and the Philippines. This book is one of the many areas of cooperation between our countries in literature, culture, and arts. We hope that many Filipinos, especially the young generation, will get a copy and read the book that is a product of good friendship,” Ambassador Rafael Harpaz said.

The Filipino translation of Bigla, May Kumatok sa Pinto was done by U Z. Eliserio of the Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas, Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura of the University of the Philippines.

“During this pandemic, and with many of us staying at home, books have been a great source of entertainment, comfort, and escape. Etgar Keret’s stories provide these,” Alexandra Ramos-Padilla, Head of National Book Store and Anvil Publishing said in a video message.

Anvil Publishing, Inc. is the official publisher and distributor of the book. Bigla, May Kumatok sa Pinto is available in National Bookstores and online shopping platforms for only P395.

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