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, also a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and won the Commonwealth Writers\' Regional Prize for First Book.
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.