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David Bezmozgis

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David Bezmozgis' debut collection, Natasha and other Stories, was greeted with great praise when it was published last year. "If Isaac Babel had escaped to suburban Toronto, the result would be David Bezmozgis," wrote one reviewer.

Like the author himself, the protagonist of the stories has come to Canada from Latvia as a small boy. The experiences of his family as they attempt to assimilate and adapt to North American culture are observed through his eyes as he journeys through adolescence and sexual awakening. The assured and precise prose captures the emotional and linguistic complexities of immigration and the deeper truths of the collision of the old and new worlds.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

2015

The Betrayers, David Bezmozgis

Award-winner David Bezmozgis presented his contemporary novel of corruption and betrayal, Zionism and Russian politics, set in the Crimea at JBW15

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Fresh from winning the National Jewish Book Award for his latest novel The Betrayers, Canadian author and filmmaker David Bezmozgis returns to Jewish Book Week to talk to Ben Judah about political principles, personal loyalties and Mossad agents. The novel, set in Crimea, responds in real time to current political and cultural concerns, and touches on the ever increasing complexity of Russian-Jewish identity.

2005

Sunday, 13 March 2005

David Bezmozgis' debut collection, Natasha and other Stories, was greeted with great praise when it was published last year. "If Isaac Babel had escaped to suburban Toronto, the result would be David Bezmozgis," wrote one reviewer.

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Video

 
Jonathan Safran Foer discussing his novel Here I Am with Hephzibah Anderson at an out-of-festival event.