… 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.
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.