Short Episode

Bonus: The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God, Revisited

  • 22:10
  • 2021
As a little respite from the intensity of war explored in our two-part Tell Saki series, we replay a short piece of fiction by our beloved Etgar Keret. And, as a special bonus, we include highlights of a conversation we held with Etgar during lockdown.
Bonus: The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God, Revisited

Only in one of Etgar Keret’s marvelously imaginative short stories can a bus driver with a social-minded ideology, an assistant cook with a sleeping disorder and blissful Happiness all converge.

Act I: The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God

Etgar Keret

Etgar reads a story which is as heartfelt as it is hilarious. This piece originally aired back in 2016, as part of one of our most popular episodes, Stop That Bus!

Epilogue: Get A Life

Mishy Harman

In April 2020, during the early weeks of the pandemic, we hosted Etgar for a Facebook Live event. We invite each and every one of you to join our members-only Facebook Community. You’ll immediately become part of a vibrant group of Israel Story fans, and will also be able to watch – or rewatch – the entire conversation with Etgar. But for those who prefer to listen, we bring you a much shorter, and edited, version of that chat.


The Facebook Live event was produced by Marie Röder and Yoshi Fields, with music from Blue Dot Sessions. Alicia Vergara created the artwork for the episode. Thanks to Julie Subrin and Or Matias. The end song, Atid Matok (‘Sweet Future’), is by Mashina.