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…
Nir Baram was interviewed by Brian Lehrer in his Radio show in WNYC Radio about ‘Land without Borders’
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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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Nir Baram story in the New yorker:
“At night I used to pad up and down the dark hallways in our house and stop outside my parents’ bedroom. Bending over to squint through the keyhole, I could see my mother’s slight body huddled on the right side of the bed underneath heavy covers, her head disappearing among them. Ever since her body was consigned to the disease, my mother had been melancholy. She squabbled with fate, demanded an explanation (I’ve never harmed a soul, she insisted), and quoted the Psalm we always recited at the annual memorial service for her mother, my grandmother Sarah: “Princes have persecuted me without a cause.”
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The Economist with a great review on Good people:
“Not monsters or even cynics, he answers in a pacey, plot-heavy novel of dramatic events and big ideas, but gifted storytellers fuelled by ordinary motives of love, loyalty or ambition. Blessed or cursed by the “elasticity of the human soul”, they wield this suppleness of spirit as “the hidden hand that smoothed out every wrinkle in the flag of truth”
Nir Baram in “Meet the Author” in the Guardian: How do we work and live in a society that we consider unjust?
This book looks at the second world war from the perspective of two characters, Sasha and Thomas, who collaborate with Stalin and Hitler respectively. What interested you about that subject?
“In Israel, the second world war and the Holocaust are something you grow up with. At school, in the army, you sometimes feel that the Holocaust is shoved down your throat. But in literature you tend to come across the usual character types: either the bureaucrats such as Eichmann, or the highly perverse caricature of a Nazi. In contrast, I wanted to look at the role of brilliant and creative people, kind of “free spirits”, who happened to find themselves living under those regimes. Sasha, for example, may not agree with the objectives of the NKVD, but working for them provides her first chance to shine, and an opportunity to realise her talents.”
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Review about World Shadow by Antje Deistler in Deutschlandfunk:
“In präziser, dichter Prosa widmet sich Nir Baram dem ausufernden Thema “Globalisierung”. Und dass daraus nicht die abgegriffen-sprichwörtliche schwere Kost, sondern ein auf höchst intelligente Weise unterhaltsamer Roman geworden ist, hat mit den glänzenden Fähigkeiten des 40-jährigen Schriftstellers zu tun. Stellen Sie sich also eher einen Goldbarren vor als einen Backstein.”
“Dabei will Baram weniger erklären als Fragen aufwerfen. Vieles bleibt absichtlich vage, dunkel und so undurchsichtig wie die vernetzte, globalisierte Welt selbst. Keiner blickt mehr durch, das große Ganze versteht niemand in diesem Buch, und dem Leser geht es konsequenterweise oft genauso. Dass man trotzdem, oder gerade deshalb, gefesselt bis zum niederschmetternden Ende weiterliest, ist der großen Kunst von Nir Baram zu verdanken.”
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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”July 17, 2016
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.”
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.
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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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.
World shadow publisher in The Netherlands and Belgium Released a cool and short trailer with many reviews: 5 stars in Nrc, 5 stars in Volkskrant, 5 stars in De Standaard, 4 stars in De morgen.
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de Volskatrat, one of The Netherlands most important newspapers, also publish a 5 stars review about world shadow: “An ambitious novel without borders. This is Hamlet of the 21st Century.”
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In a long one page review “world Shadow” receives 5 stars (the highest rate) in NRC book supplement. The review was written by the editor of the supplement Michel Krielaars:
“After ‘Good People’ Baram, the best young writer in Israel, proves his telnet once again with an overwhelming novel. As soon as you have finished World Shadow, you seriously wonder how it is possible a world strike hasn’t broken out in the real world, this is how shocked you are about the perverse workings of the system which Baram confronts you with. After finishing this brilliant written and Frighteningly urgent novel you are convinced something drastically has to change in our society dominated by hunger for money and power. For this fact alone Baram deserves a place in the front line of modern literature”
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Nir Baram’s one year journey in the occupied West Bank which documented in the reportage “walking the green line” (Haaretz newspaper) finished in the Palestinian village of Bartta with these words: “In a deeper sense, we need to acknowledge the fact that the situation will not change as a result of a peace deal in the Camp David or Geneva style, and that the problem does not lie in plans for an agreement. Indeed, there are plenty of creative plans, some of which were discussed in this series. In order to create the conditions that are required for a solution of the conflict, in order for us to be able to address all the possible “solutions,” a moral upheaval is required within Israeli society, based on the acceptance of one simple principle: whether in one state, two states or a confederation, Jew and non-Jew must be equal in all respects.The Jewish-Israeli propaganda machinery is dedicated to undercutting that principle, to turning it into a fantastical whisper of the naive. But that is the principle – not two states or one state – that must never be compromised.”
A review in Mleinio, one of Mexico most important newspapers: “This novel is so brilliant and powerful, and the music of the language is so pure and marvelous that i almost cried when i finished it. Baram is one of the best writers in the world today”
“World Shadow’ may be the most impressive novel that was written about this era of discontent. And now we are not talking just about the great characters but about psychology, politics, and violence.”
An outstanding review about “World shadow” in El Pais, the most important newspaper in the Spanish world: “Tremendous description of the evils passions, and hopes that shape the world today. One of the most ambitious novels I have ever read. A lucid and torrential story of revolution, politics and defeat…You can hear in world shadow echoes of the underworld by Don Delillo, Echoes of rebellion, commitment, literature.”
«Tremenda descripción de los males, pulsiones y esperanzas que recorren el mundo actual. De lo más ambicioso que he leído. Un relato lúcido y torrencial de la revolución, la política y la derrota.»
WORLD SHADOW first publication outside of Israel will be in SPANISH BY AlfAGUARA on the 26/3/2015. In Israel the novel spent 4 months in the Best Seller list, including number 1, sold 20,000 copies, chosen as the book of the year by TIME-OUT magazine and Maariv newspaper, received raving reviews and was in the list of the Sapir prize.
World Shadow is in the list for the Sapir Prize 2014. The Sapir Prize for Literature of Israel is the most important annual literary award presented for a work of fine literature. This is Nir Barams third nomination for his last three novels. His last two was also shortlisted.
The famous and popular columnist of Haaretz Neri Livneh also writes about World shadow: ” This great novel is the only good thing to emerge from the social protest that took place two summers ago…There are three different voices in the book in three completely different styles. There is the voice of the individual, Gavriel Mansour, the tragic hero of the book. Mansour’s voice is heard through the narrator in beautiful Hebrew with a wonderful power of description. The other voices are delivered directly, without the narrator’s mediation. There is the voice of the American campaigners, whose polished, witty and purposeful style is expressed in their email exchanges. The voice of the protesters, who are trying to organize a worldwide strike with one billion participants, is also heard directly.”
Shelly Yachimovich the head of the Israeli opposition in parliament wrote on her facebook page about “world shadow” (her post got more than 2000 likes and hundreds of comments):
Nir Baram’s World Shadow delves into the viscera of crony capitalism in Israel and similar arenas around the world. It explores the methods in which capital-intensive campaigns fabricate reality, what the next mass protest could look like, and how unbridled, insatiable greed, which no one even attempts to restrain, leads to… well, you’ll find out all about that in the book.
This is the most intelligent, insightful and thought-provoking documentation written to date of the economic, social, moral and cultural processes that are sending seismic waves throughout our world.
The novel is highly political, yet contains no moral sermons – it is a fun read. Baram has no pity for those in power or for their victims. He is cynical and empathetic towards everyone equally. And yet, despite having setting himself the rule of not taking a stand (and this is a good thing, because reading manifestos in novels is such a turn off), he manages to place a huge warning sign: when there are no balancing and restraining forces – there comes a moment where everything falls apart, and it doesn’t necessarily make the world a better place.
“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)
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“‘World Shadow’ is an astonishingly ambitious novel; it holds great promise and delivers on this promise and far more in the most admirable and brilliant way. A novel that while reading it one can close his eyes, and hear the wings of history clap.”
(Yedioth Ahronot, Ran Ben-Nun)
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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.”
“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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“some readers will feel this great novel has predicted many aspects in Trumps rise on the anti globalization wave and they would not be mistaken”
Austrian ORF natonal TV
“One of the most interesting young authors, you can currently read internationally”
Review about World Shadow by Thomas Böhm in ‘Die Literaturagenten’, RBB radio : “Einer der interessantesten jüngeren Autoren, die man momentan international lesen kann (…) er geht dahin wo’s weh tut (…) und er behandelt die großen Themen der Gegenwart, die Globalisierung und ihre Folgen, die Prägung der Welt durch den Kapitalismus, den aufkommenden Widerstand gegen das System und wirft dabei wichtige Fragen auf.“
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“Weltschatten” heißt der neue, soeben auf Deutsch erschienene Roman des in Jerusalem geborenen Schriftstellers und Journalisten Nir Baram. Der 40-jährige Israeli, der sich aktiv für die Gleichberechtigung der Palästinenser und für Frieden in Israel einsetzt, breitet darin auf über 500 Seiten eine intensive wie spannende Geschichte über die globalisierte Welt des 21. Jahrhunderts aus, in der alles irgendwie miteinander in Zusammenhang steht.
A very extensive review in Badische-Zeitung
“Der Autor, 1976 als Sohn einer für die israelische Politik bedeutenden Familie in Jerusalem geboren, hat mit “Weltschatten” – die hebräische Originalausgabe erschien 2013 in Tel Aviv – nicht nur ein Meisterwerk literarischer Montage geschaffen, sondern auch einen zutiefst verstörenden, hochpolitischen Roman, der freilich an keiner Stelle zum bloßen Thesenroman verkommt, nie auf das Format eines wohlfeilen Pamphlets schrumpft. Dies schon deshalb nicht, weil die hier agierenden Protagonisten charakterliche Tiefe und unverwechselbares persönliches Profil entwickeln, weil der Autor seine Figuren in ihrer und durch ihre Sprache erstehen lässt, nicht zuletzt in jenen Passagen, in denen Sprache und Jargon die Sprechenden überführt und entlarvt.”
Review about World shadow in the Austrian magazine Falter
“Nir Baram gelingt es nicht nur, alle Fäden in der Hand zu behalten und nebenbei die Innenpolitik gut eines Dutzends Staaten zu erklären, sondern auch eindeutige Zuschreibungen zu vermeiden. „Weltschatten“ ist eben kein James-Bond-Film, sondern ein tatsächlich großer Roman des globalen Spätkapitalismus, der aus verschiedenen Perspektiven erzählt wird, ohne großes Aufhebens darum zu machen oder sein Ziel aus den Augen zu verlieren. Und letztendlich behalten die Buchumschläge dann doch recht: Hier wie dort wird ein anderer Blick auf die Welt gewährt, wenn man nur in die richtige Richtung schaut.”
Interesting and thought-provoking review in Tagesspiegel by Ulrike Baureithel, which really focused in reading the novel. “Der israelische Schriftsteller Nir Baram lädt in seinem Roman “Weltschatten” zur Tour de Force durch den internationalen Finanzkapitalismus. Mit „Weltschatten“ hat der für seine Reportagen aus den besetzten Gebieten hochgelobte Autor ein monumentales Generationenbild geschaffen.”
The writer and thinker like Vladimir Vertlib reviews Barams nonfiction book (Die Presse): “Barams ambivalence between sober analysis and emotional tone, between destructive criticism of the Israeli occupation and the concern for the Israelis, identified with his country, has marked the tone of the book, and gives him the voltage and the exemplary intensity of a good reports.”
“Zwischen diesen beiden Polen – zwischen Resignation und einer, scheinbar wider alle Vernunft beschworenen Hoffnung – bewegt sich das Buch. Der Autor selbst hat bei den zahlreichen Interviews, die er auf seinen Reisen gemacht hat, stets professionelle Distanz gewahrt und ließ seine liberalkritische Haltung in manchen Kommentaren dennoch durchscheinen. Diese Ambivalenz zwischen nüchterner Analyse und Emotionalität, zwischen vernichtender Kritik an der israelischen Besatzungspolitik und der Betroffenheit eines Israelis, der sich mit seinem Land identifiziert, prägt den Ton des Buches, verleiht ihm Spannung und jene exemplarische Eindringlichkeit, die guten Reportagen eigen ist.”
“Barams powerful representation of profound ideological conflicts could signal him as literary heir of Amos oz.”September 11, 2016
World shadow recived great review in the German Der Freitag by lukas Latz
“Nir Baram nimmt beide Positionen ernst, zeigt ihre größten Stärken und kapitalen Schwächen und lässt offen, welche Haltung die bessere ist. Barams kraftvolle Darstellung profunder weltanschaulicher Konflikte könnte ihn auch literarisch zu einem Erben von Friedenspreisträger Amos Oz machen. Schon in dessen Werk wird sehr oft und sehr gut gestritten…”Nir Baram erzählt nicht chronologisch. Bis sich die Handlungsstränge seines Romans zu einem Bild zusammensetzen dauert es. Belohnt wird der Leser durch viele starke Bonmots und eine adäquate Erzählform.”
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Nir Baram gave a substantive interview to NRC, one of Netherlands leading newspaper
“Wie zijn oplossing utopisch noemt, slaat Baram fel om de oren. „En de tweestatenoplossing is dat niet? Hoeveel dichterbij zijn we in een halve eeuw bezetting gekomen? Ik vind dat er sprake is van intellectuele luiheid bij de linkse partijen in Israël, in Europa en in Amerika, met al hun zombieachtige gepraat over twee staten.”
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Nir baram nonfiction book gets the highest grade from De Standaard the book was reviewed by JORN DE COCK
“Barams boek is in de eerste plaats voor Israëlische lezers, om heneen blik te gunnen achter die
Muur. Dat maakt dat Een land zonder grenzen een stuk dieper ingaat op de crisis dan de gebruikelijke
inleidingen op het conflict die alles nog eens uitleggen. Voor een buitenlandse lezer komt het
uitgebreide notenapparaat aanhet einde van het boek handig van pas.”
“Exactly the kind of intellectual novel that will get you through a summer spent chain smoking in Berlin cafes…”The story follows Berliner Thomas and Sasha of Leningrad as fate brings them together, just as it does their leaders, Hitler and Stalin. The sparks from this flint are determination, willpower, and, as the years go on, horror at what those virtues cost. In the end, though, Good People ultimately returns to Germany, although it is a place entirely changed from that which started the novel. The wrenching prose and plot has earned young Israeli author glowing comparisons to Dostoyevsky and Grossman. “How does a man in his early 30s know how to write like this?” Helen Elliott marveled.”
Chapter from “Good People” appears in the Guardian newspaper:
“Good People is a globe spanning, wide-canvassing novel that probes the depths of one of history’s darkest hours. With riveting narrative force, based on thorough historical research, this extraordinary novel spans World-War II Europe across time and space, boldly sketching an unflinching portrait of men and women and their times. In the extract presented below, our protagonist, Thomas Heiselberg, a Berliner, discovers a Jewish woman violently murdered in his home.”
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