The Seven Good Years: A Memoir

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Penguin, Jun 16, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages
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A brilliant, life-affirming, and hilarious memoir from a “genius” (The New York Times) and master storyteller. With illustrations by Jason Polan.

The seven years between the birth of Etgar Keret’s son and the death of his father were good years, though still full of reasons to worry. Lev is born in the midst of a terrorist attack. Etgar’s father gets cancer. The threat of constant war looms over their home and permeates daily life.

What emerges from this dark reality is a series of sublimely absurd ruminations on everything from Etgar’s three-year-old son’s impending military service to the terrorist mind-set behind Angry Birds. There’s Lev’s insistence that he is a cat, releasing him from any human responsibilities or rules. Etgar’s siblings, all very different people who have chosen radically divergent paths in life, come together after his father’s shivah to experience the grief and love that tie a family together forever. This wise, witty memoir—Etgar’s first nonfiction book published in America, and told in his inimitable style—is full of wonder and life and love, poignant insights, and irrepressible humor.


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User Review  - nyiper - LibraryThing

Really delightful, amid the somehow horrible circumstances of bombings and general fear. And four translators probably helped to get it just right. Read full review

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User Review  - arubabookwoman - LibraryThing

This book is a collection of essays written by Israeli writer Keret covering the seven years beginning with the birth of his son and ending with the death of his father. I think I was expecting some ... Read full review

Contents

Suddenly the Same Thing
3
Yours Insincerely
21
Requiem for a Dream
37
Throwdown at the Playground
51
Matchstick War
60
What Does the Man Say?
76
Imaginary Homeland
93
Shi Happens
108
Ground Up
123
A Mustache for My Son
140
Shiva
151
Fare and Good
164
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About the author (2015)

Etgar Keret was born in Ramat Gan and now lives in Tel Aviv. A winner of the French Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, he is a lecturer at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the author, most recently, of the memoir The Seven Good Years and story collections like The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages and has appeared in The New YorkerThe Wall Street JournalThe Paris Review, and The New York Times, among many other publications, and on This American Life, where he is a regular contributor.


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