“Land without borders” in JQ Wingate literary Prize long list with Amos oz, Nicole Krauss and others.
The longlist for the 2018 JQ (Jewish Quarterly) Wingate Prize has been announced, with “identity” singled out as this year’s overriding theme. Twelve books have been selected,

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Events list in the US:
24.10, 18.00 – George Washington university
25.10, 19.00 – KGB Bar, NY.
27.10, 19.00 – The Temple, Louisville KY
30.10, 16.00 – Boston University
04.11, 18.45 – movie screening and talk “other Israel festival” NY
05.11, 16.00 – NYU, NY

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Raving reviews to Nir Barams documentary “Land without Borders”

October 10, 2017EN

“Land without Borders” made by Nir Baram and Michael Alalu reviews:

“This important movie shows that we haven’t even begun to speak about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” (Editor’s Choice, “Time Out”)

“A refreshing perspective, without moral patronizing. Baram’s honesty is unburdened by illusions. As a result, it opens a window for new approaches.” (Einav Shiff, “Yediot Aharonot”)

“An important, fascinating film that every person here should see.” (Maya Sela, “What’s Involved”, “This is Culture”)

“Lets talk about 1948!” (Ha’aretz supplement ranking committee chose “Land without Borders” as the best documentary of the year)

“A courageous, important movie that upsets familiar outlooks on the occupation.” (Gal Gabbay, “Setting Things Straight”, Channel 2)

“In a wise, dispassionate voice, Baram hears the unpleasant truths about the conflict.” (Doron Brosh, “Ma’ariv”)

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Jessica Cohen finished the translation of World Shadow (2018 publication)

October 10, 2017EN

The translator Jessica Cohen, winner of 2017 Man Booker International Prize for David Grossman’s novel “A Horse Walks Into a Bar”: finished the translation of Nir baram novel “World shadow”. In a post in Facebook she wrote about the translation
“Translating is writing. That is clear to all of us translators. And I never feel more like a writer than I do during those heart-pounding moments of anxiety as I prepare to let go and submit my work to the publisher. I’ve just done that with my 17th (!) book translation.
“World Shadow” is a long, ambitious, smart, political, personal, global, local, emotional, intellectual, unlike-anything-else novel by the hugely talented Nir Baram. It’ll take a while, but I can’t wait for this book to get out there and do its thing already!”

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Land without Borders documentary directed by Nir Baram and Michael Alalu (62 mintues) is based on Nir Baram Non fiction book “Land withour Borders (Text 2017)

Award-winning writer Nir Baram grew up in a political household. Both his father and grandfather were members of the Knesset and Ministers in the Israeli Labor Party governments. As Baram begins to lose faith in even the possibility of a two-state solution, he decides to travel throughout the West Bank to speak with the local populations on both sides of the conflict. He learns that in crucial substantive ways, the two groups don’t start from a common foundation. So how can they even participate in the same conversation? While the international focus of a two-state solution generally revolves around the “Green Line,” the average West Bank Palestinian on the street cares little about 1967 political borders when they desire the land they lost in 1948. These surprising revelations force Baram to challenge his entire political belief system and reevaluate his own hopes for a peaceful resolution to this conflict.

Sat 11/4 6:45pm JCC Manhattan
Sun 11/5 4:00pm NYU

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In September 2017 Nir Baram participated in Melbourne and Brisbane writers festival to discuss his book A land without Borders” published by Text. His two events in Melbourne were sold out.

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In an Article about the most important books regarding 50 years of the 1967 war Nir Baram book received great review: “The great virtue of his book is that Baram lets his interlocutors speak for themselves : To hear it from the people who currently live in the occupied territories — 650,000 Jewish settlers and 2.7 million Palestinians — it is now as much a zero-sum game as ever. Their voices come through in A LAND WITHOUT BORDERS: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank (Text Publishing, paper, $16.95), a wide-ranging travelogue from Nir Baram, an Israeli novelist, translated by Jessica Cohen…

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Nir Baram was interviewed by Brian Lehrer in his Radio show in WNYC Radio about ‘Land without Borders’

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“Nir Baram does what more people in the region should undertake: a grand listening tour that encompasses all sides of the conflict. The author is a good listener, too, albeit one who isn’t afraid to ask hard questions”

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“some readers will feel this great novel has predicted many aspects in Trumps rise on the anti globalization wave and they would not be mistaken”
Austrian ORF natonal TV

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A kirkus star review for A land without Borders: “From horror to fatigue to indifference, an important look forward and back that provides a grass-roots sense that one state needs to satisfy sovereignty for all.”

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“One of the most interesting young authors, you can currently read internationally”

Review about World Shadow by Thomas Böhm in ‘Die Literaturagenten’, RBB radio : “Einer der interessantesten jüngeren Autoren, die man momentan international lesen kann (…) er geht dahin wo’s weh tut (…) und er behandelt die großen Themen der Gegenwart, die Globalisierung und ihre Folgen, die Prägung der Welt durch den Kapitalismus, den aufkommenden Widerstand gegen das System und wirft dabei wichtige Fragen auf.“

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An interesting review about Good People in Times Literary Supplement
“Good People chillingly captures the terrors and tensions of life under Stalin and Hitler.”

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“Weltschatten” heißt der neue, soeben auf Deutsch erschienene Roman des in Jerusalem geborenen Schriftstellers und Journalisten Nir Baram. Der 40-jährige Israeli, der sich aktiv für die Gleichberechtigung der Palästinenser und für Frieden in Israel einsetzt, breitet darin auf über 500 Seiten eine intensive wie spannende Geschichte über die globalisierte Welt des 21. Jahrhunderts aus, in der alles irgendwie miteinander in Zusammenhang steht.

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A very extensive review in Badische-Zeitung
“Der Autor, 1976 als Sohn einer für die israelische Politik bedeutenden Familie in Jerusalem geboren, hat mit “Weltschatten” – die hebräische Originalausgabe erschien 2013 in Tel Aviv – nicht nur ein Meisterwerk literarischer Montage geschaffen, sondern auch einen zutiefst verstörenden, hochpolitischen Roman, der freilich an keiner Stelle zum bloßen Thesenroman verkommt, nie auf das Format eines wohlfeilen Pamphlets schrumpft. Dies schon deshalb nicht, weil die hier agierenden Protagonisten charakterliche Tiefe und unverwechselbares persönliches Profil entwickeln, weil der Autor seine Figuren in ihrer und durch ihre Sprache erstehen lässt, nicht zuletzt in jenen Passagen, in denen Sprache und Jargon die Sprechenden überführt und entlarvt.”

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Review about World shadow in the Austrian magazine Falter

“Nir Baram gelingt es nicht nur, alle Fäden in der Hand zu behalten und nebenbei die Innenpolitik gut eines Dutzends Staaten zu erklären, sondern auch eindeutige Zuschreibungen zu vermeiden. „Weltschatten“ ist eben kein James-Bond-Film, sondern ein tatsächlich großer Roman des globalen Spätkapitalismus, der aus verschiedenen Perspektiven erzählt wird, ohne großes Aufhebens darum zu machen oder sein Ziel aus den Augen zu verlieren. Und letztendlich behalten die Buchumschläge dann doch recht: Hier wie dort wird ein anderer Blick auf die Welt gewährt, wenn man nur in die richtige Richtung schaut.”

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Nir Baram story in the New yorker:
“At night I used to pad up and down the dark hallways in our house and stop outside my parents’ bedroom. Bending over to squint through the keyhole, I could see my mother’s slight body huddled on the right side of the bed underneath heavy covers, her head disappearing among them. Ever since her body was consigned to the disease, my mother had been melancholy. She squabbled with fate, demanded an explanation (I’ve never harmed a soul, she insisted), and quoted the Psalm we always recited at the annual memorial service for her mother, my grandmother Sarah: “Princes have persecuted me without a cause.”

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Interesting and thought-provoking review in Tagesspiegel by Ulrike Baureithel, which really focused in reading the novel. “Der israelische Schriftsteller Nir Baram lädt in seinem Roman “Weltschatten” zur Tour de Force durch den internationalen Finanzkapitalismus. Mit „Weltschatten“ hat der für seine Reportagen aus den besetzten Gebieten hochgelobte Autor ein monumentales Generationenbild geschaffen.”

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The Economist with a great review on Good people:
“Not monsters or even cynics, he answers in a pacey, plot-heavy novel of dramatic events and big ideas, but gifted storytellers fuelled by ordinary motives of love, loyalty or ambition. Blessed or cursed by the “elasticity of the human soul”, they wield this suppleness of spirit as “the hidden hand that smoothed out every wrinkle in the flag of truth”

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The writer and thinker like Vladimir Vertlib reviews Barams nonfiction book (Die Presse): “Barams ambivalence between sober analysis and emotional tone, between destructive criticism of the Israeli occupation and the concern for the Israelis, identified with his country, has marked the tone of the book, and gives him the voltage and the exemplary intensity of a good reports.”

“Zwischen diesen beiden Polen – zwischen Resignation und einer, scheinbar wider alle Vernunft beschworenen Hoffnung – bewegt sich das Buch. Der Autor selbst hat bei den zahlreichen Interviews, die er auf seinen Reisen gemacht hat, stets professionelle Distanz gewahrt und ließ seine liberalkritische Haltung in manchen Kommentaren dennoch durchscheinen. Diese Ambivalenz zwischen nüchterner Analyse und Emotionalität, zwischen vernichtender Kritik an der israelischen Besatzungspolitik und der Betroffenheit eines Israelis, der sich mit seinem Land identifiziert, prägt den Ton des Buches, verleiht ihm Spannung und jene exemplarische Eindringlichkeit, die guten Reportagen eigen ist.”

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