The short story ¨What of This Goldfish Would You Wish?¨ written by Etgar Keret is a piece full of emotion and heart. In this story Keret creates the character of a young ambitious boy named Yonatan, looking to create a documentary based on a simple question; ¨If you found a talking goldfish that granted you three wishes, what would you wish for?¨.
Yonatan goes from house to house, from neighborhood to neighborhood, knocking on doors and asking his question with a camera at the ready to capture answers worth putting in his documentary. But, as young Yonatan pursues his answers he comes across the door of Sergei Goralick. When Yonatan knocks on Sergeis door he finds a man who hides away, from life, from people, from himself. Once Yonatan asks his question Sergei gets defensive, he pushes and prods but Yonatan’s persistence wont let up. Yonatan eventually makes his way into the house, all the while Sergei is mistaking the innocent ambition of the boy to be harmful intent, not of physical harm but emotional. As it turns out Sergei has a real talking, wish granting goldfish who is kept in captivity by Sergei’s, unwillingness to use his last wish.
Eventually out of desperation he kills Yonatan, after which the goldfish convinces Sergei to use his last wish to save Yonatan’s life, allowing the goldfish to be set free. In the end, Yonatan lives, not remembering anything of his own death, the goldfish is free and Sergei lives his life, full of growth and becoming.