What’s it like to raise a child in Israel today, with war as a constant backdrop? That’s one of the questions Etgar Keret explores in The Seven Good Years – his new memoir charting the time between his son’s birth and his father’s death.
The book’s ruminations, like much of Keret’s writing, unfolds with poignancy and playfulness, wit and tenderness. A major voice in Israeli literature, the author is beloved for his wisdom, heart and surreal humour – qualities which have earned him fans including Clive James, Salman Rushdie and Gary Shteyngart, as well as regular appearances on This American Life and translations into 37 languages.
Keret visits Melbourne to discuss his diverse career – covering his short stories, radio journalism, film and TV, graphic novels and children’s books – as well as his personal essays in The Seven Good Years about family and fatherhood in Tel Aviv. Delve into creativity, conflict and black humour with one of Israel’s most celebrated writers.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1967, Etgar Keret is the author of several short-story collections and graphic novels, and his books have so far been translated into 37 languages. Keret is a winner of France's prestigious Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a lecturer at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and the author, most recently, of the collectionSuddenly, A Knock on the Door. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, and The New York Times, among many other publications, and on NPR's radio show This American Life, where he is a regular contributor.
Ramona Koval is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and editor. She is an Honorary Fellow at the centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne.