Nir Baram gave a substantive interview to Haaretz about his new novel and many other issues.

 

An Acclaimed Israeli Novelist Calls for a Moral Revolution

Nir Baram, whose new novel, ‘At Night’s End,’ is his most personal work yet, talks about the death of his mother and the suicide of his best friend, and what he has learned from interviewing settlers and Palestinians

At the age of 42, Nir Baram has already achieved the status of a leading Israeli writer. He is exceptional in the breadth and complex structure of his novels, whose plots unfold in different time dimensions, are mediated by means of multiple narrators and address political, moral and social issues.

Baram’s new Hebrew-language novel, “Yekitzah” (English title: “At Night’s End”; Am Oved Publishers), is his first personal work of fiction. It was preceded by “The Remaker of Dreams” (2006), “Good People” (2010) and “World Shadow” (2013). With their panoplies of characters, diverse locales and range of periods, those three novels recall Russian novels or other classical works, though with the addition of Baram’s distinctive style, rife with descriptions and metaphors….

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“One of the best coming of age novels I have ever read. A beautiful novel that describes the journey of a boy into adolescence in the midst of life’s turmoil – with the threatening progress of his mother’s disease, his longing for his estranged brother and his busy father, and above all his friendship with his best friend from childhood until they are both grown men.”

 

Review in Salona by Keren Agmon

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“I am so excited to hold this wonderful novel. while reading it I realized that this time you have put your heart in amongst the lines. In my opinion, it is a novel about two people who want to see the world through the same eyes, through the same gaze – but as they grow up they realize it is simply impossible.”

 

Gal Gabay   – TV Chanel 10

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“At Nights End by Nir Baram deals with the inability to talk, an inability that is often the creator of literature. The novel deals with living in the imagination and with the painful awakening which is a crucial part of growing up. The other option is not to live. Reading this novel is like participating in a boxing match in which the hero and the reader are trying to escape the claws of the past and find a meaning in everyday life. Truthfully, it’s not easy to box while trying to live. Probably Baram’s best novel”
Maya Sela, The main literature radio program, national radio :”Inside the books”
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“Maybe its not a surprise that Baram’s new book is wonderful. A story about how two man that mature together and tries to forget their past, only they can’t . A very personal novel by Baram that deals here with the death of his mother and his best friend.

Neri Livne Haaretz

 

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“A marvelous novel, a deep and unsettling investigation of friendship”

May 5, 2018EN

“A marvelous novel, a deep and unsettling investigation of friendshi. This time Nir Baram wrote about a new subjects: life and death, childhood and friendship. a must read novel”

Rino Tzror: Galey Tzhal Radio.

 

 

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“An unforgettable story of love, friendship, family and death.”  

May 5, 2018EN

The great Israeli  writer A.B Yehoshua about “At Night’s Eed: “One of the best coming of age novels I have read in years. Beautiful, touching, written with the integrity of a true writer. An unforgettable story of love, friendship, family and death.”

 

Yehoshua is the winner of numerous international prizes, The New York Times called him the “Israeli Faulkner”

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Nir Baram new novel “At Night’s End” will be published in Israel on 1/5/2018

April 4, 2018EN

Nir Baram new novel “At Night’s End” will be published in Israel on 1/5/2018 by Am Oved publishing house.

A writer wakes up in a hotel room in an unfamiliar city. His clothes are muddy and he doesn’t know how long he’s been lying in bed. He came to participate in a literary festival that is long over—why is he still there? When he desperately attempts to reconstruct his lost days, he learns that he told people at the festival that his best friend had died.
Except that his friend is still alive.

This disorienting state launches the story of a profound friendship that begins in childhood and follows the intertwining life paths of two men. Over the decades, their journeys diverge and reconverge, as the imaginary worlds of their early days gradually fade but never vanish.

The protagonist, Yonatan, stays on in Mexico City, resisting the unavoidable return to his wife and infant son back home in Tel Aviv. Faced with the terrifying certainty that his closest friend, Yoel, is going to die, he struggles to preserve his sanity. But why does the impending death—which may or may not in fact happen—frighten him so much that he opts to stay in a foreign country far away from his family? And Why doesn’t he believe he can go back to Israel and save his childhood friend?

The narrative travels smoothly back and forth in time to depict a powerful friendship, its inevitable and painful dissolution, and the waning power of youthful imagination. Taking place in Israel, the events unfold under the constant shadow of animosity between Arabs and Jews, and the societal demand that boys be men. Above all, this is a universal story of family and love, friendship and fatherhood, the savage forces of memory, imagination and writing, and the life one leads after losing a loved one—a life that can still prove surprising.

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