A LAND WITHOUT BORDERS MY JOURNEY AROUND EAST JERUSALEM AND THE WEST BANK

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A Land Without Borders

Author : Nir Baram
ISBN : 9781922253804
Genre : Fiction
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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. 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. ‘An honest and troubling snapshot of Israel...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.’ Kirkus Review, starred review ‘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 ‘Quite possibly, Dostoyevsky would write like this if he lived in Israel today.’ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Good People
Category: Fiction

A Land Without Borders

Author : Nir Baram
ISBN : 9781925355222
Genre : Travel
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• A remarkable work of reportage from one of the most important young writers of today • In this collection of essays, Nir Baram explores the day-to-day experiences, hopes and beliefs of those Israelis and Palestinians currently living along the Green Line, from the refugees camps and the Shomron settlement outposts, to where the separation wall cuts through Bethlehem • Accessible, insightful and beautifully written, A Land Without Borders provides an extraordinary window into the Palestinian–Israel conflict and the region’s current political and cultural climate • This eye-witness account offers a contemporary and vivid portait of the West Bank and Jerusalem in an effort to understand the future of this complex politcal debate • Text will publish this remarkable collection ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War in June 2017 • Nir Baram is a renowned Israeli activist, political figure and writer whose five novels have been translated into more than ten languages and published to critical acclaim around the world. Text published Baram’s acclaimed, bestselling novel Good People in English for the first time in 2016 • Baram was a guest of the prestigious Sydney Writers' Festival in 2016 and is likely to tour again to the region • Finished copies available to the media and the trade well in advance of publication
Category: Travel

A Land Without Borders

Author : Nir Baram
ISBN : 1911231081
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Nir Baram's generation were bombarded with news about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - the injustices, the wrongdoings, the killings. Over the decades, the horror and despair had become habit - he noticed that people had begun to give up on the possibility of resolution. Yet, as Baram notes, 'the vast majority of Israelis - as well as international onlookers - know next to nothing about life on the West Bank'. And so began his quest to understand the occupation from both sides. The result is an essential and nuanced journey through places and experiences that receive little coverage.
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Where The Line Is Drawn

Author : Raja Shehadeh
ISBN : 9781620972922
Genre : History
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A moving account of one man’s border crossings—both literal and figurative—by the award-winning author of Palestinian Walks, published on the fiftieth anniversary of the Six Day War In what has become a classic of Middle Eastern literature, Raja Shehadeh, in Palestinian Walks, wrote of his treks through the hills surrounding Ramallah over a period of three decades under Israel’s occupation. In Where the Line Is Drawn, Shehadeh explores how occupation has affected him personally, chronicling the various crossings that he undertook into Israel over a period of forty years to visit friends and family, to enjoy the sea, to argue before the Israeli courts, and to negotiate failed peace agreements. Those forty years also saw him develop a close friendship with Henry, a Canadian Jew who immigrated to Israel at around the same time Shehadeh returned to Palestine from studying in London. While offering an unforgettably poignant exploration of Palestinian-Israeli relationships, Where the Line Is Drawn also provides an anatomy of friendship and an exploration of whether, in the bleakest of circumstances, it is possible for bonds to transcend political divisions.
Category: History

Good People

Author : Nir Baram
ISBN : 9781922253576
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It’s late 1938. Thomas Heiselberg has built a career in Berlin as a market researcher for an American advertising company. In Leningrad, twenty-two-year-old Sasha Weissberg has grown up eavesdropping on the intellectual conversations in her parents’ literary salon. They each have grand plans for their lives. Neither of them thinks about politics too much, but after catastrophe strikes they will have no choice. Thomas puts his research skills to work elaborating Nazi propaganda. Sasha persuades herself that working as a literary editor of confessions for Stalin’s secret police is the only way to save her family. When destiny brings them together, they will have to face the consequences of the decisions they have made. Nir Baram’s Good People has been showered with praise in many countries. With its acute awareness of the individual amid towering historical landscapes, it is a tour de force: sparkling, erudite, a glimpse into the abyss. 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 began publishing fiction when he was twenty-two, and is the author of five novels, including The Remaker of Dreams, Good People and World Shadow. 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. Text will publish a work of reportage by Nir Baram in 2017. ‘Quite possibly, Dostoyevsky would write like this if he lived in Israel today.’ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ‘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 ‘Good People rewards the reader’s patience while mining a tragic sense of irony that extends all the way to its title.’ Big Issue ‘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 ‘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 ‘A groundbreaker...Riveting reading.’ Qantas Magazine ‘Good People is the tale of ordinary, middle-class lives sucked into a moral maelstrom. It is compulsive and profoundly disturbing.’ Sunday Star Times ‘Precise and evocative, Good People is a riveting glimpse into a different place and a different time.’ Canberra Weekly ‘Astonishingly powerful...[A] compelling, important story.’ New Zealand Listener ‘Chillingly captures the terrors and tensions of life under Stalin and Hitler. The chapters set in Russia are particularly effective, carrying the suspense of a spy thriller. Nir Baram explores the frightening speed and ease with which ordinary people become functionaries in totalitarian societies.’ TLS
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Holy War In Judaism

Author : Reuven Firestone
ISBN : 9780199860302
Genre : Religion
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The transformations brought about by modernity required Jews to re-examine the traditional rabbinic prohibition against war in the light of the times. Within a hundred years the traditional safeguards were effectively removed for the majority of religious Jews that continued to take Jewish traditional exegesis seriously. This full process, from removing holy war from possibility to reviving holy war as a paradigm for action, is the topic of this study.
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The West Bank Wall

Author : Ray Dolphin
ISBN : 0745324347
Genre : History
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Up-to-the-minute analysis of the impact of the Wall with an introduction by leading journalist Graham Usher.
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Walking Palestine

Author : Stefan Szepesi
ISBN : 9781623710040
Genre : Travel
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A Passionate and practical guide to exploring the natural beauty of PalestineWith the images of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict so dominant in our minds, walking for leisure is the one activity probably least associated with the West Bank region. But Stefan Szepesi's book wanders well off the beaten track of Palestine as only a synonym for occupation and strife, exploring its inspiring natural and cultural landscape, its intriguing past and present, and the hospitality of its people. The book takes first-time walkers and experienced hikers, as well as armchair explorers, t.
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Lord Of The Barnyard

Author : Tristan Egolf
ISBN : 0802136729
Genre : Fiction
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A wildly hilarious and subversive view of Middle America begins in the last Ice Age, ends in today's Midwest, and includes dam disasters, bar brawls, factory rats, and the picaresque adventures of farmboy John Kaltenbrunner. A first novel. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
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The Land Beyond

Author : Leon McCarron
ISBN : 9781786722843
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There are many reasons why it might seem unwise to walk, mostly alone, through the Middle East. That, in part, is exactly why Leon McCarron did it. From Jerusalem, McCarron followed a series of wild hiking trails that trace ancient trading and pilgrimage routes and traverse some of the most contested landscapes in the world. In the West Bank, he met families struggling to lead normal lives amidst political turmoil and had a surreal encounter with the world’s oldest and smallest religious sect. In Jordan, he visited the ruins of Hellenic citadels and trekked through the legendary Wadi Rum. His journey culminated in the vast deserts of the Sinai, home to Bedouin tribes and haunted by the ghosts of Biblical history. The Land Beyond is a journey through time, from the quagmire of current geopolitics to the original ideals of the faithful, through the layers of history, culture and religion that have shaped the Holy Land. But at its heart, it is the story of people, not politics and of the connections that can bridge seemingly insurmountable barriers.
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