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The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis
  

The Betrayers

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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.

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The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis

The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis: read it in a sitting; remember it for the rest of your life. This unforgettable novel squanders no words in its brilliant, deft depictions of love, of memory, of compassion and, ultimately, despite its title, of loyalty . (Edith Pearlman). Taut, fierce, forensically insightful. Compulsive and profound . (A D Miller). A moral thriller . (Aleksandar Hemon). Definitively establishes him as one of the foremost writers of his generation . (Ben Fountain). 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. David Bezmozgis was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1973 and emigrated with his parents to Toronto in 1980. His first novel, The Free World, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His collection Natasha and Other Stories was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won the Commonwealth Writers' Regional Prize for First Book. In 2010 he was selected as one of the New Yorker's '20 under 40', celebrating the twenty most promising fiction writers under the age of forty. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages.

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'A work of high moral seriousness dispatched with a gripping elegance ... Bezmozgis's story of fallen saints and redeemed outcasts is, to put it plainly, the work of a great writer'

- Joshua Ferris, author of 'To Rise Again at a Decent Hour'

About the Author

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.

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Publication date

28th August 2014

Author

David Bezmozgis

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Publisher

Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback

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