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David Bezmozgis

Autor(a) de Natasha: And Other Stories

6+ Works 1,174 Membros 41 Críticas

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Obras por David Bezmozgis

Natasha: And Other Stories (2004) 481 exemplares
The Free World (2011) 373 exemplares
The Betrayers: A Novel (2014) 273 exemplares
Immigrant City (2019) 45 exemplares

Associated Works

My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead (2008) — Contribuidor — 763 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2005 (2005) — Contribuidor — 697 exemplares
The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Contribuidor — 627 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2006 (2006) — Contribuidor — 549 exemplares
20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker (2010) — Contribuidor — 168 exemplares
The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives (2018) — Contribuidor — 157 exemplares
Four Letter Word: New Love Letters (2007) — Contribuidor — 136 exemplares
Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame (2012) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology (2007) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares

Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
1973-06-02
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
Canada
Local de nascimento
Riga, Latvia
Locais de residência
Canada
Educação
McGill University
University of Southern California (Cinema)
Ocupações
writer
filmmaker
Prémios e menções honrosas
Guggenheim Fellowship (2005)

Membros

Críticas

I can't remember how this ended up on my library wish list, and in reading the description as I was searching for a new audiobook to listen to, I wasn't sure it would be for me. I'm glad I gave it a chance, as it is a smart, thoughtful AND page-turning novel about morality, culpability, sacrifice, and identity.

Baruch Kotler is a former Soviet dissident who spent years in jail after being betrayed to the KGB by a "friend." Once released, he fled to Israel, where he became a notable politician. The book opens with Baruch in Yalta with his young mistress; their affair has just been exposed in the Israeli press, pay-back for his refusal to agree to the government's plan to withdraw from some settlements. While in Yalta, Baruch meets the man who betrayed him so many years ago.

In fewer than 250 pages, Bezmozgis paints a compelling portrait of a man at once undone by, and celebrated for, his imprisonment and subsequent re-emergence. I found the discussion of Jewish identity and the complex realities of Soviet, post-Soviet, Ukrainian, and Israeli society fascinating, especially given the current situation. The serious themes and dark history are alleviated by some dry humor and the real humanity of Baruch, the good and the bad, shines through.
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katiekrug | 10 outras críticas | Jan 8, 2024 |
This book was the winner of several literary prizes and on the shortlist for many more. I was swept away by these stories of the Latvian Jewish immigrant experience. Watch this young man.
½
 
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ParadisePorch | 16 outras críticas | Dec 21, 2020 |
This collection of short stories deals with the experiences of Latvian immigrants living in Toronto. They are stories about people making new lives and/or still dealing with past lives. Very well written with remarkable character development.
½
 
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LynnB | Jun 16, 2020 |
Shortish novel brimming with interesting ideas about fate, faith and fidelity. This was much more about contemporary Israeli politics than I had anticipated having read a collection of Bezmozgis's short stories a decade ago and nothing since. Neat, rather than breathtaking.
 
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asxz | 10 outras críticas | Mar 13, 2019 |

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Estatísticas

Obras
6
Also by
11
Membros
1,174
Popularidade
#21,920
Avaliação
½ 3.7
Críticas
41
ISBN
62
Línguas
7

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