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At Night’s End

At Night’s End

Nir Baram

Translated by Jessica Cohen

A writer wakes up in a hotel room in an unfamiliar city. His clothes are muddy; he doesn’t know how long he’s been lying in bed. He came to participate in a literary festival that is long over—why is he still there? When he attempts to reconstruct his lost days, he learns that he told people at the festival that his best friend had died.

Except his friend is still alive.

So begins At Night’s End, the story of a profound friendship that begins in childhood and follows the intertwining paths of two men. The protagonist, Yonatan, stays on in Mexico City, reluctant to return to his wife and infant son back home in Tel Aviv. Convinced that his closest friend, Yoel, is going to die, he struggles to preserve his sanity. But what makes Yonatan avoid his family? And why is he so sure he cannot save his childhood friend?

At Night’s End is a compassionate and personal novel of a life lived in literature, and a life lived after loss. Above all, it is a universal story of family and love; of friendship and understanding; and of the power of memory and imagination.

Nir Baram
About the Author

Nir Baram was born in Jerusalem in 1976. He is the author of five novels, including Good People, which was translated into English in 2016. His novels have been translated into more than ten languages and received critical acclaim around the world.

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29 September 2020
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