“An addictive masterpiece”, Barbara Geschwinde Review in WDR Radio: “Er gibt lediglich Denkanstöße, eingebettet in eine spannende Romanhandlung, die eine kritische Selbstbetrachtung ohne Scham ermöglichen. „Weltschatten“ ist ein fesselndes Meisterwerk des israelischen Schriftstellers Nir Baram; von erschreckender Aktualität und kluger Weitsicht”

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This is maybe the most profound review about “The land beyond the mountains” (Im Land der Verzweiflung) so Far which was written by the prominent Palestinian Writer Ala Hlehel, one of the most important voices in the Palestinian society.

“Documentary literature is supposed to work against this type of writing: To the greatest degree possible, it should nullify the personal desires of the writer, and strive to construct an “objective” reality. Baram may not be 100 percent dedicated to this premise, but he certainly succeeds in providing a stage for that sort of reality, where it (the reality) features as the main protagonist, constructed from situations, interviews, monologues, inner thoughts and descriptions. He also dispenses with the pretense of being an objective journalist, and succeeds in maintaining his artistic style with a clear, characteristic technique. This is one of the book’s major achievements.”

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World Shadow was chosen as one of the recommended novels by the editorial team of the ZDF- “Das Literarische Quartett”
“Nir Baram gilt als große Entdeckung der hebräischen Literatur. Zu Recht… Spannend wie ein Polit-Thriller kritisiert dieser Roman die globale Gier nach Geld und ruft zum Gegenentwurf auf.”

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“Baram narrative anatomises the malleability and fragility of truth, during lives of monstrous brutality and incoherence. Order is ephemeral; chaos is always just a falter away. Meaning and morality are quickly twisted. Unrelenting and undeniable, this is a savage, sometimes horrifyingly comic, autopsy on the warping of once-decent people.”

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Review in the New Zealand Listener: “The chilling irony of that thought is its self-reflexivity. In Baram’s fatalistic, labyrinthine Stalinistic universe, the game will always be up and there will be no escape for anyone.”

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3 months after publication the critically acclaimed Non-fiction book by Nir Baram which dominated the best-sellers list in the past 10 weeks is again number 1 in the Best-sellers list.

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With the publication of Good people in Australasia Nir Baram has been a guest in the Sydney Writers’ Festival and among other events participated in the panel “Madness and Malevolence: History Through Fiction” with Marlon James (winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize) and Álvaro Enrigue.

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A review in The Age by Andrew Riemer: “Good People is a richly textured panorama of German and Russian life and society in the years leading up to the violent (and predictable) collapse of the Russo-German peace pact… This ample novel lives most memorably through Baram’s vignettes of people, dwellings, cities, landscapes and the like that seem to lie, at times, at the periphery of its central concerns.”

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Review The Big Issue

May 5, 2016EN

“Most alarming is how timely and universal the book’s themes are.”

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First review for Good people in Australia was published in the national newspaper “The Australian” by the known reviewer Helen Elliott :”This is not a flawless novel but it is tremendous. I read it in two sittings and I learned a lot. How does a man in his early 30s know how to write like this?”

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“Auch wenn es nicht immer einfach ist, den Überblick über die Personen und Ortsnamen zu behalten, ist das Buch sehr lesenswert. Es bringt das auf den Punkt, was wir in den letzten Jahren in Zeitungen und Zeitschriften gelesen haben, und das in einer Sprache, die kompromisslos und anschaulich zugleich ist. Zudem hält sich der Autor mit Schuldzuweisungen zurück. Es handelt sich ja um einen Konflikt, der vom Zwang diktiert wird, dass zwei Völker ein Land teilen müssen. Die Menschen oder die Religionen sind dabei mehr Opfer als Täter. Das macht die Situation auch so wahnsinnig schwierig und auf absehbare Zeit nicht lösbar. Der Autor zeigt dies, ohne zu urteilen.”

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A TV report (in English) which appeared in Aspekte Tv show By ZDF. The report deals with Nir Baram’s new Nonfiction book and was filmed in the West Bank.

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Nir Baram was interviewed for TTT culture program, one of the most famous TV programs in Germany. Baram was interviewed in Tel Aviv and East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

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Nir Baram non fiction book hit number 1 in the best sellers list.

April 4, 2016EN

3 weeks after publication Nir Barams Non-fiction book about his journey in the West Bank and East Jerusalem hit number 1 in the best seller list in Israel (marked in yellow).

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“Nir Baram is an incorruptible observer and he doesn’t spare himself nor his opposition. He gets very close to the neuralgic points and doesn’t evade potentially politically explosive and delicate confrontations…
Baram’s great achievement is that that he resists condemnations or finger-pointing – despite of desperation on the one hand and cynical indifference on the other side. And he resists to present solutions which no one believes any ways any longer…
On some of the best pages about some of the toughest encounters for which the author has no words he lets you physically experience the absurdity and tragedy of the conflict – a pain that you can tell was the constant companion of the writer during these reportage.”

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“Kann man überhaupt noch einen neuen Blick auf den Konflikt zwischen Israelis und Palästinensern werfen? Es ist doch längst alles gesagt. Die Positionen wirken wie in Stein gemeißelt. Aber sie zeigen mehr und mehr Risse. Nir Baram hat sich die Aufgabe gestellt, sie an der Praxis zu messen. Zu diesem Zweck hat sich der israelische Schriftsteller ein Jahr lang an den neuralgischen Punkten umgeschaut, unter jüdischen Siedlern im Westjordanland und deren unfreiwilligen, palästinensischen Nachbarn.”

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“Nir Baram writes not only a brilliant report. He portrays a very convincing picture of the fact that the concept of strict separation between Israelis and Palestinians that have been devised in Oslo, in Washington and Taba, is long since overtaken by reality.”
Peter Kapern bespricht Nir Barams Reportagenband „Im Land der Verzweiflung“ und sprach mit dem Autor darüber. „Nir Baram schreibt nicht nur glänzende Reportagen. Er lenkt sehr überzeugend den Blick darauf, dass die Konzepte einer strikten Trennung von Israelis und Palästinensern, die in Oslo, in Washington und Taba ersonnen wurden, von der Realität längst überholt sind.“

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Amos Oz: about Nir Baram Non fiction book “Im Land der Verzweiflung”

February 2, 2016EN

The Author Amos Oz about Nir Baram’s book “Im Land der Verzweiflung”: “Baram produced a painful, even shocking travel book. Although I do not share some of his analysis and his ultimate conclusions, I am still impressed by his sharp eye and his fierce sense of the Israeli Palestinian tragedy. ”

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In 2016 Good People will be published in US, UK and Australia. In its January issue the magazine the White Review publish a chapter from the new English translation – the new year’s eve party in the NKVD branch in Leningrad, in a few hours it will be 1940…

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Nir Baram’s first Nonfiction book, which describes his one-year journey in the West bank and East Jerusalem will be published in Hebrew this February by Am Oved publishing house, and then later that month in Germany by Hanser Verlag: (“Im Land der Verzweiflung”). Baram began his journey a couple of months before the war in Gaza (summer 2014) and finished it in the end of 2015 after the new wave of violence erupts. Some of the chapters were published in Haaretz newspaper.

Baram meets a variety of people over the course of this journey: Palestinian-Israeli citizens trapped behind the Separation Wall in Jerusalem, a real no man’s land where neighborhoods have no municipal rule; children living in Kibbutz Nirim who experienced the war in Gaza, the rockets raining down on their homes; young Palestinians, the close friends of the Palestinian boy who was murdered by Jews. He experiences things like being held-up at occupation checkpoints with Palestinian laborers; meeting ex-prisoners from Hamas who have started a Hebrew language school in Ramallah, and ex-prisoners from Fatah who spent years detained in Israeli jails and who are now promoting a new peace initiative. He gets into a secluded settlers’ stronghold in the West Bank, and near Nablus he comes across two Palestinian boys tied up by the side of the road after allegedly trying to stab Israeli soldiers, only to find that the truth is something entirely different.

As the reportage is being written, both major and minor events take place throughout region: riots in the Temple Mount, the abduction of three Jewish boys, the murder of an Arab boy in Jerusalem, the war in Gaza, the building of a new Palestinian city, elections in Israel, a new wave of violence. Baram returns time and again to Jerusalem, the city where he was born and raised, discovering a huge, sprawling city that stretches to include places he’d never even heard of as a boy; a city where a hushed civil war is in full swing.

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