On a book page, this tab will allow you to add a book to one of your lists.
Please login or register to use this feature.
9781443408585_cover Enlarge Cover
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $11.99
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
category: Fiction
published: April 2011
ISBN:9781443408585

Natasha And Other Stories

by David Bezmozgis

reviews: 0
tagged:
add a tag
Please login or register to use this feature.
short stories (single author)
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $11.99
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
category: Fiction
published: April 2011
ISBN:9781443408585
Description

National Bestseller

Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (Canada and Caribbean Region)

Winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award, Fiction Category

Winner of the Toronto Book Award

Winner of the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize for Fiction

Winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award

Finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction

Finalist for CBC’s Canada Reads

Finalist for the Guardian First Book Award

Finalist for the Borders Books and Music 2004 Original Voices Award

Finalist for the LA Times Book Prize

The Bermans—Bella, Roman and their son, Mark—are Russian Jews who fled the Riga of Brezhnev for Toronto, the city of their dreams. Natasha and Other Stories is the chronicle of their search for a better life as they struggle to fit into a foreign urban landscape. Told through Mark’s eyes, these are stories filled with heart, verve and consequence. In “Tapka,” six-year-old Mark’s cocky game with a neighbour’s beloved dog turns into a tragi-comedy of life lessons learned. In the title story, a teenage Mark faces a stark, comical and ultimately searing introduction to first love at the experienced hands of his cousin, Natasha, an immigrant from the new Russia. And in “Minyan,” Mark and his grandfather watch as the death of an Odessan cab driver sets off a religious controversy among the residents of a Jewish old-people’s home.

Often funny and always wise, this much-celebrated collection captures the immigrant experience with striking wit and deep sympathy.

About the Author

David Bezmozgis is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. His debut story collection, Natasha and Other Stories, won the Toronto Book Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book, and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. His first novel, The Free World, was a finalist for both the Governor General’s Award and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His second novel, The Betrayers, was also a Giller Prize finalist and the winner of the National Jewish Book Award. His writing has appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, Zoetrope: All-Story, and The Best American Short Stories. 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. He is the director of the Humber School for Writers. Born in Riga, Latvia, David lives in Toronto.

Author profile page >
Editorial Reviews

“Scary good. . . . Not a line or note in the book rings false.”

— <em>Esquire</em>

“What sets [Bezmozgis] apart . . . is his quiet command of unadorned language, his wry humour and his keen understanding of the human heart.”

— <em>Winnipeg Free Press</em>

“Bezmozgis’s pointed, emotionally resonant tales are so elegant they seem destined, like [Isaac] Babel’s for anthologies of classic fiction.”

— <em>The Globe and Mail</em>

“Remarkable short stories. David Bezmogis [has] a gift for swift, sharp storytelling.”

— <em>National Post</em>

“A generous, witty account of boyhood . . . rich [with] reverberating pathos [and] a sensualist’s delight in language. . . . Impressive.”

— <em>New York Times Book Review</em>

Buy this book at:

Buy the e-book:

Reader Reviews

Sign Up or Sign In to add your review or comment.

Related Blog Posts

User Activity

X
Contacting facebook
Please wait...