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Latest book: Singulariteten

Balsam Karam, b. 1983, is of Kurdish ancestry and has lived in Sweden since she was a child. She is an author and librarian and made her literary debut in 2018 with the critically acclaimed Event Horizon, which attracted a lot of attention and was later shortlisted for the Katapult Prize.

The Singularity is her second novel.

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… an ethereal novel that recalls Ray Bradbury’s short story collection “The Martian Chronicles”.
Even if Karam’s place is fictive, and so full of symbols that it sometimes resembles a fairy-tale, the story about these unwanted people’s fervent survival proves more true than many other things. “Event Horizon” is a dreamlike, existential novel that does not allow the bourgeois hegemony to dictate the language for reality.
The novel asks me if I truly know what and who exist on the fringes of our society at this exact moment, and where “home” is if you don’t have the right documents. It is definitely a political story, but in the best fictive way: by making it easy to feel empathy towards history, by allowing the reader to ask the questions.
Borås Tidning
Balsam Karam’s debut ”Event Horizon” is an earth-shattering read. Through her poetic and alluringly beautiful prose she highlights sisterhood and motherhood, but also deportation, oppression, depravity, revolt, insurgency and torture. The novel has a powerful moral and political tone, indignant and rebellious.


Balsam Karam's "The Singularity" sold to the UK and Australia

It is our pleasure to announce that Balsam Karam's critically acclaimed novel The Singularity has been acquired by Fitzcarraldo Editions in the UK and Text Publishing in Australia. This follows other recent sales to Solum/Bokvennen in Norway and Kievenaar in the Netherlands.  Tamara Sampe...

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Lidbeck and Karam Shortlisted for Svenska Dagbladet's Literature Prize

The jury for Svenska Dagbladet's Literature Prize has revealed this year's shortlisted candidates and we are proud to share that both Agnes Lidbeck and Balsam Karam are among them. Lidbeck is shortlisted for Nikky's Book and Karam for The Singularity, which is also currently...

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Balsam Karam's "The Singularity" Shortlisted for the August Prize

Last night the August jury revealed this year's contenders for the prestigious literary award and we were particularly thrilled to see Balsam Karam's critically acclaimed novel The Singularity among the Best Fiction nominees. The book was shortlisted with the following statement from the j...

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Karam and Schunnesson Shortlisted for EU Literature Prize

Yesterday, the jury for the European Union Prize for Literature announced their 2021 shortlist and we are absolutely thrilled to reveal that Balsam Karam's The Singularity as well as Tone Schunnesson's Days and Days and Days are among the nominees.  The EUPL is awarded annually to emergin...

Extraordinary Reviews for Karam's "The Singularity"

Three years after her critically acclaimed debut Event Horizon, Balsam Karam is once again in the spotlight with new novel The Singularity and yet again, the press appears smitten. This past weekend, the novel also entered Dagens Nyheter's prestigious Critics List, taking the #5 spot.  He...

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