World shadow in 2015 best book lists

January 1, 2016EN

World Shadow was chosen for the 2015 best book lists in :
NRC (Netherlands) De standdard (Belgium), Vanguardia (Spain),
Revista Gatopardo (Mexico), El pais global.
Eslobal (Spanish), DETOUR (Spain).

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World shadow publisher in The Netherlands and Belgium Released a cool and short trailer with many reviews: 5 stars in Nrc, 5 stars in Volkskrant, 5 stars in De Standaard, 4 stars in De morgen.

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de Volskatrat, one of The Netherlands most important newspapers, also publish a 5 stars review about world shadow: “An ambitious novel without borders. This is Hamlet of the 21st Century.”

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Nir Baram talks about the novel WereldSchaduw but also about writing, how you turn a demon into a story, what does it mean to live in our time, Israel, Jews and Arabs history, fear and even hope.
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In the book supplement of the leading Belgium newspaper De Standraad World Shadow receive a 5 stars review (the highest possible) from Maria Vlaar also in the supplement a substantial interview with Nir Baram:
“Baram looks at the world from all angles, which means his novels can be read in several ways. He is slippery in that way, which reminds me of Hugo Claus. A great personality who shows many different facets of the world to his readers, who writes openly about everything that’s on his mind, but who, ultimately, doesn’t show everything.”
“The revolution that the strike leaders fight for is one of biblical proportions. In the same way in which in some science fiction movies ‘the civilized world’ is flooded by water or taken by aliens -the city of London burns in Wereldschaduw. Everything comes to an end is what Baram seems to say in this stunnig novel.”

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Nir Baram will participate in an evening in De Balie culture center (organized also by Gate 48) in Amsterdam. Baram will talk about his journey in the occupied West Bank and the reportage “Walking the Green line” and his new novel World Shadow.

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Nir Baram opens the Book supplement of the Belgium newspaper “De morgen” with 3 pages of interview and review by the writer Daan Heerma van Voss: “The rebel in Nir Baram, Israel most promising writer”. The head line of the review is “Power meets punk”.

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In a long one page review “world Shadow” receives 5 stars (the highest rate) in NRC book supplement. The review was written by the editor of the supplement Michel Krielaars:
“After ‘Good People’ Baram, the best young writer in Israel, proves his telnet once again with an overwhelming novel. As soon as you have finished World Shadow, you seriously wonder how it is possible a world strike hasn’t broken out in the real world, this is how shocked you are about the perverse workings of the system which Baram confronts you with. After finishing this brilliant written and Frighteningly urgent novel you are convinced something drastically has to change in our society dominated by hunger for money and power. For this fact alone Baram deserves a place in the front line of modern literature”

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Nir Baram’s one year journey in the occupied West Bank which documented in the reportage “walking the green line” (Haaretz newspaper) finished in the Palestinian village of Bartta with these words: “In a deeper sense, we need to acknowledge the fact that the situation will not change as a result of a peace deal in the Camp David or Geneva style, and that the problem does not lie in plans for an agreement. Indeed, there are plenty of creative plans, some of which were discussed in this series. In order to create the conditions that are required for a solution of the conflict, in order for us to be able to address all the possible “solutions,” a moral upheaval is required within Israeli society, based on the acceptance of one simple principle: whether in one state, two states or a confederation, Jew and non-Jew must be equal in all respects.The Jewish-Israeli propaganda machinery is dedicated to undercutting that principle, to turning it into a fantastical whisper of the naive. But that is the principle – not two states or one state – that must never be compromised.”

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Why I Love This book

September 9, 2015EN

AFTER Manuscripta festival Nir Baram precipitated in the popular project in The Netherlands “Why I love this Book”: a one minute talk about your own novel…

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An interview in the Belgium Magazine Humo with the writer Mark Schaevers : “Dit keer brengt hij een gegarandeerde topper van 2015 mee: Wereldschaduw…‘Wereldschaduw’ is een panoramische roman over onze hyperkapitalistische tijden, waarin drie verhaallijnen even innig met elkaar verweven zijn als de werelddelen in de globale economie. Een geestig boek van een overtuigend stilist die een groot onderwerp te pakken heeft: wat kan het nog beletten om wereldwijd de lezersharten te veroveren?”

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In the first week of September World Shadow will hit the book stores in the Netherlands and Belgium. Nir Baram Will come to the Netherlands in the beginning of September and will be in Maunscripta festival,Eilandfestival in Antwerp, and many other events during September.

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Acompanied by a photographer and a desire to hear the voices that are not normally featured in the media, award-winning novelist Nir Baram journeyed extensively around Israel and the West Bank during the past year. The chapters that constitute “Walking the Green Line” paint a complex political picture. This is the 7 chapter: is a religious peace possible? what does it means? Baram visits Otniel yeshiva and The Field, Gush Etzion bloc, Winter 2015

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Nir Baram writes: well, ten days after my son Daniel was born I did this conversation with the writer PAUL AUSTER as part of a special newspaper project for our Book Week. It was something we scheduled a long time before it actually happened. Obviously, I was not ready and confused, but Auster was really understanding and generous and the entire first part of the conversion was about fatherhood! The project was edited by a great literary journalist and editor – Elad Zeret, and it turned out wonderful, and it includes many interesting writers (Margaret Atwood ). Soon our conversation will be available in English. The headline was: “Does fatherhood make you a better writer?”

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The popular culture website and TV station ‘The Guilty Code” made a TV interview with Nir Baram :”The Best novel of the year arrived to Mexico”

 

 

 

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A.B Yehoshua, one of Israel most celebrated authors, writes to Haaretz about Nir Barams reportage “walking the green Line”: “And even though Baram has firm political and ideological views to which, with civic courage, he voices in every public platform, in these articles he consistently quiets the political and ideological passion within him so as to become a most attentive listener, one who, with noteworthy patience and moderation, records things that under other circumstances would surely make his blood boil. As a writer, he brings a richness and linguistic precision to these articles, which make it impossible to avoid contemplating the absurd situation that we continue to fashion with our own hands.

“At the stage we have now reached, Nir Baram’s effort is of particular importance, as he puts his great literary talent to use in an attempt to break through Israeli denial.”

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An article in NEXOS, one of Mexico most important Magazines:

“While reading Nir Baram I thought of Dostoevsky’s Demons, and how one passes through pages and pages without knowing what is the question of the novel. However, at the end, I discovered to my surprise that there is nothing more fascinating than reflecting on the theme of “Demons”. Something similar happens to me with Nir Baram. I know the comparison is risky… Baram bursts onto the literary scene with novels written in a way that confronts readers with their deeds, novels that engage in dialogue with the narrative of the early and mid-twentieth century while demanding a reflection on the present and future. Two of them, “Good people” and “world Shadow” have captivated the world of literature.

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An article in the Mexican newspaper Excelsior: “Baram one of the most brilliant writers in the world today. World shadow is a brilliant novel that from different plots and angles shows us the whole world”

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Radio W in Mexico about world shadow: “An epic novel about democracy the human spirit, violence and your own beliefs: A novel that will make you think!”

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A review in Mleinio, one of Mexico most important newspapers: “This novel is so brilliant and powerful, and the music of the language is so pure and marvelous that i almost cried when i finished it. Baram is one of the best writers in the world today”

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