A Land Without Borders: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank
Award-winning journalist and author Nir Baram spent a year and a half travelling around the West Bank and East Jerusalem. In this fascinating recount of that journey, Baram navigates the conflict-ridden regions and hostile terrain to speak with a wide range of people, among them Palestinian-Israeli citizens trapped behind the separation wall in Jerusalem and Jewish settlers determined to forge new lives on the West Bank. Baram also talks to children on Kibbutz Nirim who lived through the war in Gaza, and ex-prisoners from Fatah who, after spending years detained in Israeli jails, are now promoting a peace initiative. And he returns again and again to Jerusalem, city of his birth, where a hushed civil war is in full swing. A Land Without Borders is a clear-eyed, compassionate and essential guide to understanding a complex reality; a perceptive and sensitive exploration of a labyrinthine conflict and the experiences of the people ensnared in it, by one of the most distinctive writers working in Israel today.
'Written with great talent, momentum and ingenuity...it expands the borders of literature to reveal new landscapes.' Amos Oz 'One of the most intriguing writers in Israeli literature today.' Haaretz 'A book that is a fascinating and charged document about the meaning of home, security and freedom, on both sides of the divide.' NRG 'Quite possibly, Dostoyevsky would write like this if he lived in Israel today.' Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Good People 'Good People rewards the reader's patience while mining a tragic sense of irony that extends all the way to its title.' Big Issue on Good People 'Baram uses intense geographical plotting and is chillingly eloquent...[Good People] 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?' Australian on Good People 'Good People is a richly textured panorama of German and Russian life...This ample novel lives most memorably through Baram's vignettes of people, dwellings, cities, landscapes and the like that seem to lie, at times, at the periphery of its central concerns.' Age/Sydney Morning Herald on Good People 'A groundbreaker...Riveting reading.' Qantas Magazine on Good People 'Precise and evocative, Good People is a riveting glimpse into a different place and a different time.' Canberra Weekly on Good People 'Astonishingly powerful...[A] compelling, important story.' New Zealand Listener on Good People
Nir Baram was born into a political family in Jerusalem in 1976. His grandfather and father were both ministers in Israeli Labor Party governments. He has worked as a journalist and an editor, and as an advocate for equal rights for Palestinians. He is the author of five novels, including Good People, which was translated into English for the first time in 2016. His novels have been translated into more than ten languages and received critical acclaim around the world. He has been shortlisted several times for the Sapir Prize and in 2010 received the Prime Minister's Award for Hebrew Literature.