Nir Baram is a powerful writer. In his last novel, Good People, which came out in English last year, he explored two emblematic characters during World War II: a bourgeois German who makes a career decision to join the National Socialists and a Jew who supports Russia’s NKVD in her resistance to the Nazi state. It was acclaimed across Europe.
Critics praised the author’s force, precision, boldness, ingenuity and more. Writing in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung when the book came out in German in 2012, one reviewer said, “Quite possibly, Dostoyevsky would write like this if he lived in Israel today.”
Baram’s latest book, A Land without Borders: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank, brings all the nuance of his fiction to the most intractable international problem of the past century: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If Good People showed Baram’s talent for getting A Land without Borders: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank By Nir Baram Text, 284pp, $32.99