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David Bezmozgis

Author of Natasha: And Other Stories

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Works by David Bezmozgis

Natasha: And Other Stories (2004) 478 copies
The Free World (2011) 374 copies
The Betrayers: A Novel (2014) 268 copies
Immigrant City (2019) 43 copies

Associated Works

My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead (2008) — Contributor — 760 copies
The Best American Short Stories 2005 (2005) — Contributor — 693 copies
The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Contributor — 626 copies
The Best American Short Stories 2006 (2006) — Contributor — 548 copies
20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker (2010) — Contributor — 168 copies
The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives (2018) — Contributor — 152 copies
Four Letter Word: New Love Letters (2007) — Contributor — 134 copies
Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame (2012) — Contributor — 53 copies
Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology (2007) — Contributor — 24 copies


Common Knowledge



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 other reviews | 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.
ParadisePorch | 16 other reviews | 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.
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.
asxz | 10 other reviews | Mar 13, 2019 |



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