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David Bezmozgis is an award-winning writer and filmmaker.
who has appeared at The New Yorker Festival, The UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, and the Luminato Festival. His work has been broadcast on NPR, BBC, and the CBC, and his stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2005 & 2006.
In the summer of 2010, David was included in The New Yorker's 20 Under 40 issue, celebrating the twenty most promising fiction writers under the age of forty. David has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a MacDowell Fellow, a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, and a Radcliffe Fellow.
The Free World, David's first novel, was published in 2011 in the U.S. Canada, the UK, Holland, Germany, Italy, France, Israel and Spain. It was a New York Times Notable Book for 2011 and a Globe and Mail Best Books Title for 2011. It was also shortlisted for the Scotiabank/Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award, The Trillium Prize, and won the Amanzon.ca First Novel Award.
Born in Riga, Latvia, David lives in Toronto.
Two men meet on a park bench in Jerusalem: a politician, on the eve of a controversial stand against his government, and a Mossad agent, sent to dissuade him with the threat of blackmail. Neither backs down. Escaping the furore he's unleashed, the politician and his lover head to Crimea and a resort on the Black Sea to lie low. But the fierce battle between political principles and personal loyalties has followed them to this faded Russian backwater, and a shocking encounter awaits them. In its depiction of a man whose principles are tested to the utmost extremes, The Betrayers cuts to the very heart of our troubled times.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A fascinating departure for Bezmozgis who had quickly established itself as a superior chronicler of Jewish immigration to North America and now turns his talents to an ambiguous tale of politics, full of familiar espionnage tropes but remains as ever a spinner of delicate tales of human frailties leavened by a wry sense of humour. A Russian scientist who has made a new life in Israel is embroiled in scandal and flees with his young mistress to the backwaters of a Crimea Black Sea resort, only to face the stuff of personal nightmares. A moral thriller that pits the integrity of the individual against the demands of a corrupt society, this is both gripping and supremely entertaining, without ever neglecting the human factor that was so dear to someone like Graham Greene.
Winner of the National Jewish Book AwardA Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2014A New Yorker Favorite Book of 2014 New York Times Book Review Editor's ChoiceThese incandescent pages give us one fraught, momentous day in the life of Baruch Kotler, a Soviet Jewish dissident who now finds himself a disgraced Israeli politician. When he refuses to back down from a contrary but principled stand regarding the settlements in the West Bank, his political opponents expose his affair with a mistress decades his junior, and the besieged couple escapes to Yalta, the faded Crimean resort of Kotler's youth. There, shockingly, Kotler encounters the former friend whose denunciation sent him to the Gulag almost forty years earlier.In a whirling twenty-four hours, Kotler must face the ultimate reckoning, both with those who have betrayed him and with those whom he has betrayed, including a teenage daughter, a son facing his own moral dilemma in the Israeli army, and the wife who once campaigned to secure his freedom and stood by him through so much.Stubborn, wry, and self-knowing, Baruch Kotler is one of the great creations of contemporary fiction. An aging man grasping at a final passion, he is drawn inexorably into a crucible that is both personal and biblical in scope.In prose that is elegant, sly, precise, and devastating in its awareness of the human heart, David Bezmozgis has rendered a story for the ages, an inquest into the nature of fate and consequence, love and forgiveness. The Betrayers is a high-wire act, a powerful tale of morality and sacrifice that will haunt readers long after they turn the final page.
The Free World is the rapturously reviewed comic-tragic first novel from David Bezmozgis, a New Yorker '20 under 40' writer and author of Natasha and other stories, whose work has been shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Giller Prize. 'Terrific ... Combines comic brilliance with a poignant portrait of a family trapped between two worlds'Sunday Times In the summer of 1978 the Krasnansky family - bickering, tired and confused - arrive in Rome. Alongside thousands of other Soviet Jewish refugees they await passage to a new home in the West. But escaping Communism is not so easy, especially when some of the Krasnanskys insist on bringing it with them. It is harder still when their American sponsor lets them down and they find they're stuck. What follows is a tragic yet comic tale of reckless brothers and long-suffering sisters, ailing parents and innocent children, of love affairs and criminal liaisons, of a wonderfully troubled family and a perpetually wandering people, and their epic search for a home... 'Superb ... a major new talent'Independent 'Wonderfully uplifting'The Times 'Colourful, sharply funny and deeply moving'Financial Times 'Alternately comic, sharp and sombre ... it's impossible not to be caught up in the tangled web of its unforgettable case'Daily Mail 'A proper novel that bulges and pulses and thrums with life ... I ended up loving it' Observer 'David Bezmozgis projects a sense of ease that is very rare in first novels; he does everything well'Telegraph David Bezmozgis was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1973 and emigrated with his parents to Toronto in 1980. The Free World was picked as a 'Waterstone's 11' and has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize. His previous book, Natasha and Other Stories, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, was a New York Times Notable Book of the year, won the Commonwealth Writer's Regional Prize for First Book and has been translated into over a dozen languages.
Eine Familie zwischen altem und neuem Leben - der gefeierte Debutroman von David BezmozgisSommer 1978: Wie fr viele andere Juden, die aus der Sowjetunion fliehen, wird Rom fr die Grofamilie Krasnansky zum Wartesaal, ein Vorzimmer zur freien Welt. Sechs Monate verbringen sie im Schwebezustand zwischen altem und neuem Leben, sechs Monate, in denen die Vergangenheit lange Schatten wirft und die Zukunft noch nicht begonnen hat. Ein zu Herzen gehender, witziger, melancholischer Roman, der die ideologischen Kmpfe und weltpolitischen Ereignisse des 20. Jahrhunderts im Spiegel dieser anrhrenden Familie zeigt. Die Familie Krasnansky, das sind drei Generationen lettischer Juden aus Riga. Da ist der Grovater Samuil, ein alter Kommunist und Veteran der Roten Armee, der seine Heimat nur widerstrebend verlsst; Karl, sein ltester Sohn, ist darauf aus, alle Privilegien des Westens auszunutzen; Alec, sein jngerer Sohn, begegnet dem Leben mit Witz und Leichtigkeit; Polina, Alecs aktuelle Ehefrau, hat ihre Familie verlassen, um mit den Krasnanskys in den Westen zu gehen. Sechs Monate verbringen sie in Rom, im Wartesaal zwischen altem und neuem Leben, sechs Monate voller hochfliegender Hoffnung und tiefer Melancholie, dem Leben zugewandt und dem Tod ins Auge sehend.In seinem ersten Roman thematisiert David Bezmozgis eine der zentralen Erfahrungen der globalisierten Gegenwart: die Erfahrung des Aufbruchs aus der Sicherheit der eigenen Kultur und Sprache in die Ungewissheit eines neuen Lebens. "e;Einer der besten jungen jdischen Schriftsteller dieses Jahrhunderts"e; (The Times)"e;Ist es bertrieben, den jungen David Bezmozgis in einem Atemzug mit Philip Roth zu nennen? Sein Erzhlungsband Natascha von 2004 zeigte, dass er Roth's Kaliber hat. Sein Roman Die freie Welt trgt alles dazu bei, diesen Ruf zu festigen."e; (The New York Times)
Meet the Bermans - Bella, Roman and their son Mark - Russian Jews who have fled the Riga of Brezhnev for Toronto, the city of their dreams. Natasha brings the Bermans - and the Russian Jewish enclaves of Toronto - to life in stories full of big, desperate, utterly believable consequence. In 'Tapka', six-year-old Mark's first experiments in English bring ruin and near tragedy to the neighbours upstairs. In 'Roman Berman, Massage Therapist', Roman and Bella stake all their hopes for Roman's business on their first, humiliating dinner with a North American family. In the title story, a stark, funny anatomy of first love, we witness Mark's sexual awakening at the hands of his fourteen-year-old cousin, a new immigrant from the New Russia.