Magazine article New Internationalist

The Seven Good Years

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Seven Good Years

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The Seven Good Years by Etgar Keret translated by Sondra Silverston, Miriam Shlesinger, Jessica Cohen, Anthony Berris (Granta, ISBN 978 17837 80464)

Israeli author Etgar Keret, well known for his acerbic and witty stories, here turns his attention to a memoir of sorts, covering events taking place during the first seven years of the life of his son, Lev. Episodic rather than comprehensive, Keret recounts happenings both momentous and banal with the same engaging mix of naïve astonishment and sly humour. Whether discussing rocket attacks on Tel Aviv, coming to terms with the serious illness and death of his father, or navigating the pitfalls of his son's pre-school class, Keret's oblique approach and winning self-deprecation give the reader much to appreciate. In these pages, the personal is most decidedly political.

Initially, The Seven Good Years presents as an artlessly stitched-together series of anecdotes about the irritations and oddities of everyday life. …

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