The NRC, Nederland leading newspaper, published its selection for the best 50 novels of the last 5 years: Barams novel was chosen with books by Bolano, Franzen, Murakami, John Williams and others

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At the 13.11 Nir Baram had a reading in Berlin with the German writer Olga Grjasnowa. Baram read from his novel “Good people” and Grjasnowa read from her new novel in German “Die juristische Unschärfe einer Ehe”

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“The critical praise which have been showered on this book is like a writer’s wildest dream. A German newspaper said, “Dostoyevsky would write like this if he lived in Israel today.” Except that feelings of guilt are, as explained, less of an issue than careerism, it isn’t too much of an exaggeration. In its specifically Stalinist setting, Solzhenitsyn also comes to mind.”

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“For decades now the main streams in Israeli politics have promoted the sense of Jewish supremacy, blended with a profound awareness of victimhood that stems from persecutions of Jews and from the Holocaust. For decades the establishment has convinced everyone that the Jews are better, more moral, more special, and at the same time more wretched than any other ethnic group. These were hollow words of myths, fear and Kitsch. We need to shake off all these ethnic and mythic conceptions – the Jews here are people, no more and no less, and they’re living here with other people. And they’re no better and no worse, and not more moral than anyone else.

 

Palestinian citizens of Israel live with us in the State of Israel. In recent months we have witnessed an unprecedented campaign of incitement against them. We know they’re under attack, we know that they’re suffering from racism in all avenues of Israeli society, and we also know that the abominable Nation Bill will only exacerbate their situation. Not long ago an Arab mother from Jerusalem told me that she warns her little children not to speak Arabic on the bus. I ask you: Do we really have to live like this?”

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Five stars and great review about “Good People” in one of Denmark most important newspapers: Berlingske…

“What would we have done if we did live in that part of the world? It is inevitably a recurring question while reading Nir Barams masterful novel ‘Good people’. In his beautiful novel of two main characters and a host of other tragic secondary characters – give the Israeli writer Nir Baram a vivid depiction of life under Nazism and Communism in 1930s. The novel is a freezing depiction of moral decay…”

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Outstanding review about “Good People” in one of Argentina most important newspapers “La Nación” by the acclaimed write José María Brindisi

“Sobre estos dos ejes argumentales, que son en verdad dos readaptaciones siniestras, avanza la novela del escritor israelí Nir Baram que, al momento de su publicación -en 2010-, tenía apenas treinta y cinco años. El dato es significativo, o más bien sorprendente, no sólo por la penetración psicológica que el autor obtiene respecto de sus personajes, construida a partir de innumerables pliegues y vaivenes, y alejada por tanto de cualquier sombra arquetípica, sino también por el conocimiento minucioso -y la naturalidad con que se despliega- de las estructuras de ambos Estados, de sus aparatos jerárquicos y entramados burocráticos. Con todo, lo que más llama la atención es el tono -incluso por la extensión, por el hecho de sostenerlo durante más de quinientas páginas- con que se cuenta la historia, siempre cargado de un fino tamiz humorístico, que nunca llega a distanciarse de lo real y así lo revela en sus aristas más feroces..”

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World Shadow is in the list for the Sapir Prize 2014. The Sapir Prize for Literature of Israel is the most important annual literary award presented for a work of fine literature. This is Nir Barams third nomination for his last three novels. His last two was also shortlisted.

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Interview in Página/12

October 10, 2014Es

An interview with Nir Baram in the great Argentinean newspaper Página/12 which appeared on the cover of the culture supplement. Baram talks about literature, realism, the characters and why the book is not about “The banality of evil.”

To read the full article – click here:
http://www.pagina12.com.ar/diario/suplementos/espectaculos/4-33520-2014-09-29.html

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“… e estou com Nir Baram” in El Pais Portuguese

August 8, 2014EN

The Mexican Writer JORGE F. HERNÁNDEZ wrote an article In El Pais about his meeting with Nir Baram in Mexico:
Já sabíamos que nas noites dos tempos em que vivemos existe muita neblina de amnésia e se amontoam como algodões negros as cíclicas ignorâncias que tentamos abater com os livros que são lidos a meia voz, na luz mínima de uma vela, em meio à tanta obscuridade. Não esqueçamos que as palavras dos escritores que falam com valente verdade, os que escrevem sem medo da agressão com que suas palavras não lidas serão recebidas é tão exemplar e reconfortante como a calada agonia de todos os inocentes que morrem entre escombros, os feridos que agonizam longe dos gritos e do palavreado das propagandas e da nervosa impaciência de uma só criança que, por ter uma bola nas mãos, estaria jogando hoje mesmo uma partida sem frontei..”

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The Mexican Writer JORGE F. HERNÁNDEZ wrote an article In El Pais about his meeting with Nir Baram in Mexico:
“I met Nir Baram during the last International Fair of Guadalajara and had the pleasure to make him not only an instant friend with his lucid and full of intelligent humor and conversation skills – but also to express my admiration for his great prose. Baram came to Mexico to present Good people (Abundant, 2013), a voluminous novel that reads like pure water. His fine prose has been written with true heart and soul and as you read it you hear not only the voice the writer, but also each of his memorable characters.”

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In the End of September 2014 Nir Baram will participate in FILBA – The International literary festival in Buenos Ayres (Argentina) and Santiago (Chile) – with writers from different countries. In both cities he will present the Spanish translation of “Good people”.

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Nir Baram’s article in Haaretz: New Israeli vision: where Palestinians are equal and not separate..
“The real role of the left in Israel at this time is to help the Jews living here to recognize the fact that they don’t have to live in a society that speaks a language of “Jews vs. non-Jews,” “Jews vs. Palestinians,” “Jews vs. Gentiles.” This corrupt way of thinking has dominated our consciousness over the past decades, and we must fight it…”

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Nir Baram published an Article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung about the war in Gaza: “According to the news in Israel, “The IDF doesn’t kill children for no reason” – and Israelis nod in agreement. Over 1,300 Palestinian children were killed in the last decade, hundreds of civilians died in the current military attack, yet the tired mantra is still recited: the army doesn’t kill without good cause, we never kill children intentionally, we’re alright, we are. This robotic proclamation and the moral superiority most of the Israeli public clings to keep us sheltered from reality and create a false and dangerous sense of victimization and persecution…”

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Nir Baram’s interview on Leo Zuckermann’s TV show in Mexico. A conversation about “Good people” and other things..

Click here to watch the full interview:
Nir Baram interview by Leo Zuckermann

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“A literary miracle” – Hanoch Marmari writes about World Shadow

June 6, 2014EN

Hanoch Marmari the former editor of Haaretz in an article about World Shadow in’The Seventh Eye Journal’ : “A literary miracle, a novel that builds a glorious floor above the capitalist mall inside which we all lost our way. Amongst other subjects Nir Baram’s novel World Shadow deals with a group of anarchists that manage to corrupt, through a series of sloppy events, art works in museums and to capture for one moment the attention of millions.”

to read the whole review in the The Seventh Eye Journal click read more

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Nir Baram’s novel “Good People” (Gute Leute) paperback edition was published in Germany on 1.6.2014 by DTV publishing house. The hardcover edition was published by Carl Hanser Verlag.

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One of the most serious and original reviews ever to be written about “Good People” in the great literary magazine ‘Letras Libris’: “Good people is not a novel about the Second World War… The challenge that Baram takes on himself is to break the reader identification system that often goes looking for a character to identify with and to believe in. There is no doubt that Good People comes out victorious”

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El Mundo

March 3, 2014ES

“Celebrated as the future king of Israeli literature, praised and translated into several languages and considered the new voice of the left, Nir Baram reaches Spain.”

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After participating in Hay Festival in Cartagena, Columbia in the beginning of 2014, Nir Baram will be participating in Bogota book-fair in May 2014.

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So Far the rights to “World Shadow” were sold to the following publishing houses:
Text publishing (English rights). Hanser (Germany). Alfaguara (Spain). De Bezige Bij (Netherlands and Belgium). Gyldendal (Denmark). Fraktura (Croatia). Gyldendal (Norway).

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