Nadav Modlin was born in Israel 1985. He spent his formative years in South Africa, until moving back to Israel with his family in 1991. Between 2004-2007 Nadav served as a combat medic in an Israeli Defence Forces Special Operations unit. Following active duty in the West Bank and Lebanon, he was diagnosed with PTSD in 2007. A complementary therapist and psychodynamic counsellor in training, Nadav has lived in London since 2012 and is now working in mental health. He will be presenting his debut autobiographical novel ‘The Other Side of Yesterday’, alongside which he has co-produced a companion documentary film; both of which explore his experiences of the war in the Middle East, and how he has overcome PTSD with the help of traditional Amazonian plant medicine and other healing techniques.
TITLE: The Other Side of Yesterday
The Other Side of Yesterday’ is an unsettling and urgent novel; like nothing that has before been written about the Middle East Conflict. The intricate jigsaw like structure; consisting of part flashback, part interview, and part confessional; gives an illuminating, at times painful insight into the dark reality of Liam’s war. The book flows in a non-chronological fashion – there are no rules, no structure – a shattered mirror to consciousness itself.The first-person, confessional narration lets the reader enter into the psychological destruction that war brings. Liam’s personable voice is a powerful reminder that war is not just an external physical tormentor; it can destroy individuals from the inside out. The novel is as much about Liam’s internal and personal conflict, as it is about the Middle East conflict.It brings the concept of war into an uncomfortable reaching distance for the reader and makes us question our own personal responses and views of the world both around us and within us.The message the novel gives, is one of hope. Healing, more so than war, is the main theme. Healing, alongside consciousness and acceptance is shown to be more forceful and transcending than any man-made conflict. From a suicide note, to flourishing creativity – Liam’s story is one of starting in darkness and ending in light. War has been skillfully personified and made human; powerfully showing how human consciousness is the weapon that is most needed in the fight to recovery.
Liam: “”If ayahuasca has cured me? There is no cure to the human condition and I mean that in the best of ways; we are not here to be cured – we are not sick, at least not in the traditional modern and western approach to psychotherapy or simply to Life… We are all the cure we will ever need