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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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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Pre publication review in France – Livres Hebdo:
“So it is finally here, the great novel that earned its author great success in Israel, comparable to the novel “The Kindly Ones” here in France… ‘Good People’ is a masterful metaphysical novel written by a true artist.”

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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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“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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De Standaard – 5 star review

February 2, 2013NL

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

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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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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

September 9, 2012DE

“A courageous novel and a great portrait of any society in crises. Baram is one of the most exciting authors in Israel today.”

(Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.)

 

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ARD TV

September 9, 2012DE

“This is a brave, fascinating and brilliant novel.”

A conversation Between Nir Baram and Richard c. Schneider

(ARD TV)

 

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