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Balsam Karam, born in 1983, works as a librarian at Rinkeby Public Library in Stockholm. She has previously studied Creative Writing at Biskops Arnö as well as at the University of Gothenburg.

Event Horizon is her debut.

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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.


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We are happy and proud to announce that Balsam Karam's stunning debut novel Event Horizon has been shortlisted for Sweden's oldest debutant prize, the Catapult Prize, together with four other contestants. The winner will be announced on the 16th of March during literary festival Littf...

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