Professor Moshe Zimmermann

April 4, 2010EN

“Good people” depicts accurately and with great talent and vast historical research the roll of regular people, “Fine People”, who served the Nazi regime but did not see themselves as supporters of the Nazi ideology. In particularly the novel describes the roll of those well educated senior officials who served the Nazi regime and advanced its plans while claiming they are defending the honor of Germany.

(Moshe Zimmermann, Professor of German History. Head of The Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History)

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Amos Oz

March 3, 2010EN

The novel is written with great talent, momentum and ingenuity while in its core lays vast curiosity, which is first and for most a moral curiosity. This book expands the borders of young literature and opens new landscapes for it. Thomas and Alexandra are depicted as complex characters; each one has contradictions and depth.

(Amos Oz)

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A. B. Yehoshua

March 3, 2010EN

‘Good People‘ sets a new standard to the literature of us all. It is a bold and brilliant novel that walks the path of greatness to the edge of the literary abyss and still manages to render the ambitions and pretensions that were invested in it by its young author. This is a novel that defines a way for Israeli literature to further expand its world view and dare to deal with human and historical matters that are not necessarily connected to our own personal adversities.

(A. B. Yehoshua)

 

 

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Haaretz Nili Mirski

March 3, 2010HE

There is a dual reality that is portrayed eloquently in the novel Good Pepole – Soviet Russia on the one hand and Nazi Germany on the other. The writing aspires to deal with great events and succeeds in fulfilling its expectations completely and with amazing talent. There’s something grandiose about this novel, it’s a sort of architectural structure that is monumental in my eyes.

The story begins with the Night of Broken Glass (Kristallnacht) which took place in Germany and proceeds in describing the life under Stalin’s horror regime, and so continues to alternate between Germany and Russia, until it reaches the crucial meeting between the German hero and the Russian heroin that takes place on the eve of the Nazi invasion to Russia. There are many accurate and sharp observations regarding power mechanisms and regimes along with a sober look on people – “good people”, which generate horrors.

I cannot recall another Israeli author that tried to deal with these subjects. Nir Baram contends with one of the darkest chapters of world history in a way that seems to me as a heroic enterprise. This is also what makes this book a unique one-time occasion in the Israeli literature field.

(Nili Mirski, Haaretz)

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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

July 7, 2007EN

Quite possibly, Dostojewski would write like this if he lived in Israel today.

(Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

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Haaretz

July 7, 2007EN

“The novel combines enormous imagination with extraordinary sobriety, leading the fantastic and the political with great talent to the point in which both naturally merge, in the state of Israel. This book marks Baram as one of the most intriguing writers in Israeli literature today.”

(Yossi Sucary, Haaretz)

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Yediot Achronot

July 7, 2007EN

“The book of the year…This book is an extraordinary and exciting achievement, depicting a story that is larger than life. It is a brilliant book, overflowing with anger, insult, strong libido, intense urges and exceptional sensitivity to words. The diligent reader of Hebrew literature can finally exclaim – “Here is a writer”

(Maya Sella, Yediot Acharonot)

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Yediot Achronot

June 6, 2007EN

“A fascinating literary expedition, lead by the frightfully talented Nir Baram. With this piece, Baram joins a line of International young talented authors who have skilfully tackled the elusive concept of memory, such as Alexander Hemon, Jonathan Safran Foer and Andrey Kurkov; at the same time, Baram maintains a compelling dialogue with local literary figures such as S. Yizhar and Amos Oz.”

(Miri Paz, Yediot Acharonot)

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Ma’ariv

June 6, 2007EN

“The Remaker of Dreams is an especially brilliant novel; a piece that holds up to the determining test of literature, in the most general terms.”

(Eric Glassner, Ma’ariv)

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Die Welt

June 6, 2007EN

“An extraordinary and fascinating political novel. Nir Baram is the emerging star in Israeli literature.”

(Marko Martin, Die Welt)

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WALLA!

May 5, 2007EN

“The best novel in 2006! It is a masterpiece which restores hope for Hebrew literature.”

(Yuval Avivi, Walla!)

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Galei-Tzahal radio

May 5, 2007EN

“An overwhelming and moving imagination articulated in the most wonderful Hebrew. I had a similar impression when reading Robert Musil.”

(Dodo Elharrar, Galei-Tzahal)

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Haaretz

April 4, 2007EN

“Flaubert said that since he was young he saw every person he met as a skeleton of a person. That is exactly what the novel “The Remaker of Dreams” is about. It is an impressive novel that combines miraculously between intellect and emotion. With sentimental bravery and intellectual integrity it encompasses life in its whole and gives the reader a great literary experience.”

(Reuven Miran, Haaretz)

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TimeOut

April 4, 2007EN

“Baram’s book is a refreshing novelty in the literary landscape, both for its style and for the existential questions it raises. Baram’s audacity – in breaking the limitations of language and time and creating a remarkable novel which is written in such unique prose – is in a sense the act itself of remaking dreams.”

(Lior Alprovic, TimeOut)

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