Nir Baram gave an exclusive Interview to I24 TV which is broadcast in 70 countries about “An Night’s End”, the rave reviews to the novel, and the personal journey which led him to write this book.

 

 

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“This choice is also realized in this wonderful and beautiful novel” Review in Haaretz literature and culture supplement by Esti Adivi Shoshan:
“In Baram’s new, fascinating and touching novel he narrows the worldwide perspective that ruled his previous works and focuses the story on a small neighborhood in Jerusalem. The story takes place in the 1980’s and tells the tale of two friends, two young men – depicted in three stages of life: late childhood while they study in the sixth grade, the last year of high school and adulthood – when the narrator is in his 30s, a married man, and a father.
The dual ending scene of the novel is told on the one hand by the narrator as a Tel Avivian young father that strolls every afternoon with his toddler son down Bugrashov street that opens up to the beach. And on the other hand, a happy scene of the narrator’s early childhood, where he lies with his brother and parents on a mat in the living room, while laughing and cuddling. This scene is a proof of a successful “awakening” process that the narrator has gone through and of the blissful parting from the picture of a father that sits his kid on a nest of wasps. The open sea and the mat on which the family lies down on as one organic body indicates choosing the now, choosing that which is tangible, choosing the daily duties and responsibilities of life. This choice is also realized in this wonderful and beautiful novel.”
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Nir Barams Novel : Number one in the Best Seller list in fiction.

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Nir Baram gave a substantive interview to Haaretz about his new novel and many other issues.

 

An Acclaimed Israeli Novelist Calls for a Moral Revolution

Nir Baram, whose new novel, ‘At Night’s End,’ is his most personal work yet, talks about the death of his mother and the suicide of his best friend, and what he has learned from interviewing settlers and Palestinians

At the age of 42, Nir Baram has already achieved the status of a leading Israeli writer. He is exceptional in the breadth and complex structure of his novels, whose plots unfold in different time dimensions, are mediated by means of multiple narrators and address political, moral and social issues.

Baram’s new Hebrew-language novel, “Yekitzah” (English title: “At Night’s End”; Am Oved Publishers), is his first personal work of fiction. It was preceded by “The Remaker of Dreams” (2006), “Good People” (2010) and “World Shadow” (2013). With their panoplies of characters, diverse locales and range of periods, those three novels recall Russian novels or other classical works, though with the addition of Baram’s distinctive style, rife with descriptions and metaphors….

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“One of the best coming of age novels I have ever read. A beautiful novel that describes the journey of a boy into adolescence in the midst of life’s turmoil – with the threatening progress of his mother’s disease, his longing for his estranged brother and his busy father, and above all his friendship with his best friend from childhood until they are both grown men.”

 

Review in Salona by Keren Agmon

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“I am so excited to hold this wonderful novel. while reading it I realized that this time you have put your heart in amongst the lines. In my opinion, it is a novel about two people who want to see the world through the same eyes, through the same gaze – but as they grow up they realize it is simply impossible.”

 

Gal Gabay   – TV Chanel 10

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“At Nights End by Nir Baram deals with the inability to talk, an inability that is often the creator of literature. The novel deals with living in the imagination and with the painful awakening which is a crucial part of growing up. The other option is not to live. Reading this novel is like participating in a boxing match in which the hero and the reader are trying to escape the claws of the past and find a meaning in everyday life. Truthfully, it’s not easy to box while trying to live. Probably Baram’s best novel”
Maya Sela, National radio :”Inside the books”
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“An unforgettable story of love, friendship, family and death.”  

May 5, 2018EN

The great Israeli  writer A.B Yehoshua about “At Night’s Eed: “One of the best coming of age novels I have read in years. Beautiful, touching, written with the integrity of a true writer. An unforgettable story of love, friendship, family and death.”

 

Yehoshua is the winner of numerous international prizes, The New York Times called him the “Israeli Faulkner”

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Nir Baram new novel “At Night’s End” will be published in Israel on 1/5/2018

April 4, 2018EN

Nir Baram new novel “At Night’s End” will be published in Israel on 1/5/2018 by Am Oved publishing house.

A writer wakes up in a hotel room in an unfamiliar city. His clothes are muddy and he doesn’t know how long he’s been lying in bed. He came to participate in a literary festival that is long over—why is he still there? When he desperately attempts to reconstruct his lost days, he learns that he told people at the festival that his best friend had died.
Except that his friend is still alive.

This disorienting state launches the story of a profound friendship that begins in childhood and follows the intertwining life paths of two men. Over the decades, their journeys diverge and reconverge, as the imaginary worlds of their early days gradually fade but never vanish.

The protagonist, Yonatan, stays on in Mexico City, resisting the unavoidable return to his wife and infant son back home in Tel Aviv. Faced with the terrifying certainty that his closest friend, Yoel, is going to die, he struggles to preserve his sanity. But why does the impending death—which may or may not in fact happen—frighten him so much that he opts to stay in a foreign country far away from his family? And Why doesn’t he believe he can go back to Israel and save his childhood friend?

The narrative travels smoothly back and forth in time to depict a powerful friendship, its inevitable and painful dissolution, and the waning power of youthful imagination. Taking place in Israel, the events unfold under the constant shadow of animosity between Arabs and Jews, and the societal demand that boys be men. Above all, this is a universal story of family and love, friendship and fatherhood, the savage forces of memory, imagination and writing, and the life one leads after losing a loved one—a life that can still prove surprising.

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“Land without borders” in JQ Wingate literary Prize long list with Amos oz, Nicole Krauss and others.
The longlist for the 2018 JQ (Jewish Quarterly) Wingate Prize has been announced, with “identity” singled out as this year’s overriding theme. Twelve books have been selected,

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Events list in the US:
24.10, 18.00 – George Washington university
25.10, 19.00 – KGB Bar, NY.
27.10, 19.00 – The Temple, Louisville KY
30.10, 16.00 – Boston University
04.11, 18.45 – movie screening and talk “other Israel festival” NY
05.11, 16.00 – NYU, NY

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Raving reviews to Nir Barams documentary “Land without Borders”

October 10, 2017EN

“Land without Borders” made by Nir Baram and Michael Alalu reviews:

“This important movie shows that we haven’t even begun to speak about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” (Editor’s Choice, “Time Out”)

“A refreshing perspective, without moral patronizing. Baram’s honesty is unburdened by illusions. As a result, it opens a window for new approaches.” (Einav Shiff, “Yediot Aharonot”)

“An important, fascinating film that every person here should see.” (Maya Sela, “What’s Involved”, “This is Culture”)

“Lets talk about 1948!” (Ha’aretz supplement ranking committee chose “Land without Borders” as the best documentary of the year)

“A courageous, important movie that upsets familiar outlooks on the occupation.” (Gal Gabbay, “Setting Things Straight”, Channel 2)

“In a wise, dispassionate voice, Baram hears the unpleasant truths about the conflict.” (Doron Brosh, “Ma’ariv”)

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Jessica Cohen finished the translation of World Shadow (2018 publication)

October 10, 2017EN

The translator Jessica Cohen, winner of 2017 Man Booker International Prize for David Grossman’s novel “A Horse Walks Into a Bar”: finished the translation of Nir baram novel “World shadow”. In a post in Facebook she wrote about the translation
“Translating is writing. That is clear to all of us translators. And I never feel more like a writer than I do during those heart-pounding moments of anxiety as I prepare to let go and submit my work to the publisher. I’ve just done that with my 17th (!) book translation.
“World Shadow” is a long, ambitious, smart, political, personal, global, local, emotional, intellectual, unlike-anything-else novel by the hugely talented Nir Baram. It’ll take a while, but I can’t wait for this book to get out there and do its thing already!”

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Land without Borders documentary directed by Nir Baram and Michael Alalu (62 mintues) is based on Nir Baram Non fiction book “Land withour Borders (Text 2017)

Award-winning writer Nir Baram grew up in a political household. Both his father and grandfather were members of the Knesset and Ministers in the Israeli Labor Party governments. As Baram begins to lose faith in even the possibility of a two-state solution, he decides to travel throughout the West Bank to speak with the local populations on both sides of the conflict. He learns that in crucial substantive ways, the two groups don’t start from a common foundation. So how can they even participate in the same conversation? While the international focus of a two-state solution generally revolves around the “Green Line,” the average West Bank Palestinian on the street cares little about 1967 political borders when they desire the land they lost in 1948. These surprising revelations force Baram to challenge his entire political belief system and reevaluate his own hopes for a peaceful resolution to this conflict.

Sat 11/4 6:45pm JCC Manhattan
Sun 11/5 4:00pm NYU

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In September 2017 Nir Baram participated in Melbourne and Brisbane writers festival to discuss his book A land without Borders” published by Text. His two events in Melbourne were sold out.

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In an Article about the most important books regarding 50 years of the 1967 war Nir Baram book received great review: “The great virtue of his book is that Baram lets his interlocutors speak for themselves : To hear it from the people who currently live in the occupied territories — 650,000 Jewish settlers and 2.7 million Palestinians — it is now as much a zero-sum game as ever. Their voices come through in A LAND WITHOUT BORDERS: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank (Text Publishing, paper, $16.95), a wide-ranging travelogue from Nir Baram, an Israeli novelist, translated by Jessica Cohen…

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Nir Baram was interviewed by Brian Lehrer in his Radio show in WNYC Radio about ‘Land without Borders’

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“Nir Baram does what more people in the region should undertake: a grand listening tour that encompasses all sides of the conflict. The author is a good listener, too, albeit one who isn’t afraid to ask hard questions”

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A kirkus star review for A land without Borders: “From horror to fatigue to indifference, an important look forward and back that provides a grass-roots sense that one state needs to satisfy sovereignty for all.”

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An interesting review about Good People in Times Literary Supplement
“Good People chillingly captures the terrors and tensions of life under Stalin and Hitler.”

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