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The Seven Good Years [Yours, Insincerely]

Etgar Keret
"I just got here an hour ago, all excited, with my wife about to give birth. And now I`m sitting in the hallway feeling glum. Everyone has gone to treat the people injured in the terrorist attack. My wife`s contractions have slowed down, too. Probably even the baby feels this whole getting-born thing isn't that urgent anymore."

For six and a half years Etgar Keret has recorded his personal life, beginning with the birth of his first child and ending with his father's death.
But Keret's sad-funny pieces tell much more than the story of his family and his career. With an ex-settler, ultra-Orthodox sister who has eleven children and eight grandchildren; a peacenik, marijuana-legalizing brother and Holocaust-survivor parents, his personal story seems to tell the story of an entire society.
After all, when your child is born on the same day as a suicide bombing; when a chat among 3-year-old kids’ parents involves questions like "Will your son join the army when he’s eighteen?" and an old school friend is scared that his model Eifel tower‒made of matchsticks‒will be ruined by Scud missiles, the personal and the national are hard to distinguish, especially in this strange part of the world.


WINNER OF THE 2016 ADEI-WIZO PRIZE FOR JEWISH LITERATURE 


 

The love for his child, mutual respect in marriage, solidarity towards others and comprehension of diversity inspire the stories of the book, providing a really good advice for coexistence.

Adei-Wizo Prize Jury Citation  


ENGLISH

Through Keret’s eyes the world is a more complex and humorous place, in which the game Angry Birds is a socially acceptable outlet for terrorist impulses, and “You’ll never find a taxi,” shouted in a noisy night club, becomes “Kiss me.”
The New Yorker

Etgar Keret's memoir opens an odd, alluring window into life in Israel.

LA Times


Keret's new work focuses on seemingly unremarkable, slightly peculiar interactions in contemporary Israel, just with Keret himself at the center of them … But nothing is as simple as it seems in Keret's world, fictional or not. The 47-year-old Tel Aviv-based writer is known for his absurdist, playful perspective and dark humor, which he uses to get his readers to reflect on life's big issues without hitting them over the head with them. If you scratch beneath the surface of the would-be banal instances in his memoir, the Suddenly, A Knock At The Door
 author says a lot about family, fatherhood and the moral ambiguity of war.

The Huffington Post

 

Keret’s deadpan tales, collected in such books as Suddenly, A Knock At The Door (2012) and The Girl on the Fridge (2008), often blur the line between the real and the surreal … This unusual perspective makes Keret’s new autobiography especially intriguing.

The Washington Post

 

… The book offers a virtuosic display of craft, including a form (brief, frequently humorous vignettes) and tone (an ironic take on the contradictions of Israeli society) that provide a fine introduction to Keret's sensibility

Chicago Tribune

An insightful, comical and heartfelt account of seven good years in the life of Etgar Keret … a brilliant and bizarre trip through the years with one of the most original writers at work today

Star Tribune

 

Keret calls it a memoir but it's really a TADRIS — a time machine that does two kinds of magic at once. First, it takes us back through seven years of Keret's history, showing us the world (its beauty, madness, and inescapable strangeness) through his sharp and sympathetic observations. It's not an overtly political book, but one defined by violence, bookended by life and death…. Time goes. Babies are born and old men die and all we can hope for is to gather some beautiful, small stories to make sense of where we've come from and where we're going.

NPR

 
Keret’s voice, translated seamlessly from the original Hebrew, is conversational, unpretentious, and often hilarious. It is easy to get so caught up in his anecdotes that their incisive depth sneaks up on you and takes you by surprise

The Jewish Book Council

Comic, surreal and disorientating… Close in spirit to Woody Allen, these 36 pin-sharp snapshots of life on the permanent knife-edge of what Israelis call hamatzav – “the situation” – temper nervous comedy with aching tenderness.

The Independent

 

DUTCH

Etgar Keret step into the footsteps of Chekhov. His short stories touch you right away.****

Parool

 

Utterly brilliant, clean-cut, humorous stories (…) Bravo! Required reading for fans of the Coen brothers, but also for those who want emotion does this book wonders. ****
De Morgen

 

Kerets stories do something, they touch you in a way, they immediately get under your skin (…) what matters is the story itself, the vitality of telling stories, a few tingling pages long. That is Kerets strength.

Vrij Nederland

 

He knows how to connect events in his daily life with social developments, and his constant traveling as an internationally successful writer makes him not reminisce about the relationship between Israel and the rest of the world, but also about his own origins (…) a truly great writer. ****’
De Volkskrant

‘Keret creates a fascinating and humorous image of contemporary Israel. The stories aren’t solely autobiographical, for that Keret’s imagination is far too big.
ELLE

 

Seven good years is not only fascinating, the subtle humor worked compelling and provides very recognizable situations.

Cutting Edge

 

FRENCH
Laughing on a powder keg…Keret transforms his world into exciting theater.. Seven years of happiness (all relative) for the author, and 200 pages of delight for his readers… A gem of humor, self-irony, intelligence and subtlety.

L’Express

 

HEBREW

One of the reasons that reading The Seven Good Years  is enjoyable is that Etgar Keret has a remarkable ability to be liked… Keret has written here warm little tales that are wise and amusing … His memoir is stylized and light-handed … He charmingly packages the burdens of being Israeli for an audience that isn’t very familiar with them … Keret is our dream ambassador: clever, funny, human, self-deprecatingly humorous. 
Yedioth Ahronoth

 



etgar keret
Title The Seven Good Years [Yours, Insincerely]
Author’s Last Name Keret
Author's First Name Etgar
Language(s) English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish
Genre memoir
Publisher (Hebrew) /manuscript/
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Sheva Ha-Shanim Ha-Tovot
Representation Represented by ITHL

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