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A Peculiar Kinship

Etgar Keret and Daniel Kehlmann in Conversation – Event Accompanying the Exhibition Inside Out – Etgar Keret (video recording available)

Due to health reasons, Etgar Keret is currently unable to travel to Berlin and will instead digitally participate in the event. This will take place as planned on 29 Nov with Daniel Kehlmann on-site in the Jewish Museum Berlin.

The Seven Good Years, a collection of autobiographical essays by Etgar Keret, has been published in German under the title Die sieben guten Jahre. Mein Leben als Vater und Sohn. The German translation was the work of none other than Daniel Kehlmann, who has been friends with Keret for many years. In an interview for the Welt newspaper, Keret said of Kehlmann:

“I’ve never asked someone to translate a book of mine. I think Daniel could identify very much with the subject matter... I believe there is a peculiar kinship between Israelis and Germans.”

reocording available

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The W. M. Blumenthal Academy is marked in green


W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)

Video recording from 29 November 2022; Jewish Museum Berlin

In a conversation as part of the accompanying events program of the Inside Out – Etgar Keret exhibition, Keret and Kehlmann will delve into this “peculiar kinship” as well as the question of whether Keret’s writing is translatable into German. Kehlmann will also read some of Keret’s work in his translation.

Collage of two portraits: A brunette man (Daniel Kehlmann) in half-profile looking to the right, and a gray-haired man (Etgar Keret) tilting his head slightly downward and casting an intense gaze from diagonally below into the camera.

Daniel Kehlmann; photo: Beowulf Sheehan, and Etgar Keret; photo: Lielle Sand

Zerknülltes, bedrucktes, zu einer Kugel geformtes Stück Papier, vor einem Hintergrund mit gelb-blau-grün-lila Farbverlauf.

Exhibition Inside Out – Etgar Keret: Features & Programs

Exhibition Webpage
Inside Out – Etgar Keret: 21 Oct 2022 to 19 Mar 2023
Digital Content
Current page: A Peculiar Kinship: Etgar Keret and Daniel Kehlmann in cConversation: Video recording, 2022
My mother’s favorite music: Exhibition playlist on Spotify
See also
Etgar Keret, Author and Screenwriter
Etgar Keret’s website

Where, when, what?

  • When Tue 29 Nov 2022, 7 pm
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
    (Opposite the Museum)

    See location on map

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