Miriam Cosic

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Books -

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

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