The famous international Mexican Author Jorge Volpi writes an excellent review about “Good People” in the Mexican daily Reforma:

“Like all great historical novel, the greatest merit of Good people lies in its ability to speak on the present time, rather than the past. Because those good people who tolerate the Nazi butchers are similar to those who chose not to hear the news that warned about the genocides in Cambodia and the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda or Darfur…”

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A different Israeli literature is possible

A young literary consciousness of Israel
Nir Baram faces Jewish clichés with the first novel is a Hebrew WWII without focusing on the Holocaust

There is something intensely challenging in Nir Baram ..in his work and his personality. In rebellion, he has done something that only an Israeli without fear can do. He has offered his country a novel portraying the pre-World War II horrors so disturbing: without portraying monsters or tell their bloody crimes, leaving barely seen the death of millions. Good people in Baram’s novel subject the course of history by two special human beings, full of talent and sensitivity. They tempt the reader with their fascinating personalities, and tragically end up choosing to be collaborators of the great evils of the twentieth century by a cruel and soulless opportunism. Their decisions have devastating effects and engulf themselves and the dignity of an entire generation.

To the full on-line interview:
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2013/12/03/actualidad/1386101395_866224.html

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Author Dror Mishani on World Shadow

November 11, 2013En, Heb

Dror Mishani the author of the international best seller, award winning “The Missing File” in an evening about “World Shadow”.

World Shadow is a marvelous and revolutionary novel that in its greatest moments refuses to accept the world as it is and as we “already” know it – but rather starts to read as a text on the verge of what the world is ‘no longer’ but ‘could be’ and ‘might some day be’.

This dimension which is beyond “knowing the world” opens up in the novel mainly due to the process of repentance that its two main characters go through.

Gabriel Mantsur from Jerusalem changes during the novel, so much so that in the end of the novel he is no longer the same man; he drifts away from the business world and the financial world due to his decline in them but also because he undergoes a deep transformation, so deep that in the end he supports the strike.

Like Gabriel, Daniel Kay also undergoes an ideological transformation which brings him not only to betray his ex-co workers at MSV but to even join the strikers.

Through Daniel Kay, Gabriel Mantzur and the group of young strikers – the world as we know it is on the verge of repentance and comes closer to a real change. The truly fascinating things is that this also happened in Baram’s novel Good People – so much so that even in that historical novel Baram created the feeling that if the two main characters dare just a bit more they’ll be able to minimize the disastrous effects of the war that already happened.

In World Shadow this feeling is even stronger because while reading this seemingly realistic novel, a novel that knows the world better than any other Israeli novel, you feel that turning the page will make the world different.

In its liberating moments World Shadow is not written in the present tense of “knowing the world”, also not in future tense (utopian time), but rather in a unique tense that lays between a familiar present and a yet unknown future. A tense or a time that could be named “the time which is forming now” (a line from World Shadow, page 402). And this tense continuously asks the readers: which time do you want it to be?

To the full lecture –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_olsPleHG0

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World Shadow by Nir Baram hits No. 1 on Best-Seller lists!

November 11, 2013EN

3 months after publication – World Shadow by Nir Baram hits No. 1 on the Best-Seller lists. This goes to show the immense effect and the enthusiastic reactions this novel has in Israel.

Haaretz best seller

(Ha’aretz, 13.11.2013)

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06/10/2013 – The Israeli Left’s last novel by Noam Sheizaf – A new best-selling novel by Nir Baram takes aim at the Israeli ‘peace industry,’ globalization and the sense of betrayal a generation of left wing and progressive operatives is leaving behind.

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“A real literary achievement. Surely one of the most impressive novels that were written in Hebrew in the past years. It is a mind-blowing epos that raises big questions about the human spirit, democracy, morals and violence.” 15/08/2013

(Ha’aretz Culture Supplement)

To read the whloe interview in English, please click ‘read more’

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“Good People” is in the bestseller list in the Netherland.

Best Seller. List of best novels of 2012: NRC, Trouw, De Tigd, Athenaeum.

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The New York Times

September 9, 2013EN

06/05/2010 – Israelis and Palestinians Hail Writers and the Word, Just Not With One Another.

“The question that hovered at both festivals was how the reading of good books could make a difference. Nir Baram, a young Israeli writer who addressed the opening of the Israeli festival, offered an answer…”

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TimeOut

August 8, 2013EN

“The book of the year”

(TimeOut Tel-Aviv selection)

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De Standaard – 5 star review

February 2, 2013NL

Another 5 stars review for “Good People” from the Belgium “De Standaard”

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Der Tagesspiegel – Interview

February 2, 2013DE

An interview  with Nir Baram – Der Tagesspiegel

“Israel is the bubble, Tel Aviv is authentic.”

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Süddeutsche Zeitung

January 1, 2013DE

Süddeutsche Zeitung

A conversation Between Nir Baram and the author A. B. Yehoshua.

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De Volkskrant – Review

January 1, 2013NL

“A frightening good novel: this novel is much more a warning about the present than a reflection about the past.”

(Review, De Volkskrant)

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Die Taz – Review

December 12, 2012DE

“A different perspective on contemporary history- with precise and lucid language and remarkable characters”

(Die Taz)

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Knack Magazine

December 12, 2012NL

“A remarkable novel. The breakthrough of a real literary telnet.”

An interview with Nir Baram about literature and politics- Knack Magazine

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TROUW – Review

December 12, 2012NL

“Israeli genius novel probes the temptations of power… A Chillingly lucid description of the ambitious of young people…”

(Review, “Trouw”)

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NRC Handelsblad – Good People

November 11, 2012EN, NL

NRC Handelsblad – On the front page of the most important literary supplement in the Netherlands there was a 2 page review on Good People.

The novel also got 5 stars out of 5: “With Good People the young Israeli author Nir Baram has written about the terrors of living under the regimes of Stalin and Hitler. It is done so majestically that it reaches the same level as books by Varlam Shalamov and Vasily Grossman.”

nrc-review-nl

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Deutschlandradio Kultur

September 9, 2012DE

“Good People is a grandiose and brilliant novel. Baram is the most talented young author in Israel today.”

(Deutschlandradio Kultur)

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Cicero Magazine – Germany

September 9, 2012DE

“Nir Baram begun to inherit the Israeli great authors Amos Oz and David Grossman, his new novel ‘Good People’ is doing just that – With a bang!”

Interview with Nir Baram – Cicero Magazine – 2014.

 

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Süddeutsche Zeitung

September 9, 2012DE

A portrait by Peter Münch – Süddeutsche Zeitung

“We need to open ourselves to Palestinians.”

Nir Baram is celebrated as the new hope of Israeli literature. He takes note of the left – as opposed to the “propaganda of fear”, which is operated by the Netanyahu government. His new novel is set in a completely different perspective than we are used to by an Israeli author.

 

 

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