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The Free World (Paperback)

Author:  David Bezmozgis
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1250002516
ISBN-13: 9781250002518
Sku: 221846060
Publish Date: 3/27/2012
Pages:  356
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Refusing the Kremlin's order to relocate to Israel, the Jewish Krasnasnsky family of 1978 Russia makes their way across Italy at the sides of thousands of other immigrants over the course of a culturally rich six months. A first novel by the award-winning author of Natasha. Reprint.
Evoking a bottleneck of refugee emigration where hundreds of Jewish families escaped the Soviet Union through Italy in the 1970s, David Bezmogis brings to life the Krasnansky family, a group of willful men on divergent paths into the market-capitalist West. The patriarch, Samuil, backpedals his way into THE FREE WORLD, a loyal communist who fought against Hitler's invaders on the Russian front in World War II, weighs the crumbling totalitarian machine against the ideals of his time. Meanwhile Samuil's grown children Karl and Alec, and Alec's wife Polina, adjust more easily but also suffer risk and libertinism in their Roman exile, as Bezmogis unfolds a drama of continental and generational shifts.


"Bezmozgis displays an evenhanded verisimilitude in dealing with a wide variety of cold war attitudes, and though the unremitting seriousness of his tone makes for some slow patches, the book remains an assured, complex social novel whose relevance will be obvious to any reader genuinely curious about recent history, the limits of love, and the unexpected burdens that attend the arrival of freedom." 02/14/2011

"From the start, Bezmozgis overturns clichéd expectations of immigrant idealism; he knows his characters too well to have any illusions about them." - Liesl Schillinger 04/03/2011

"A brilliantly ironic and beautifully human novel of exile and yearning." (starred review) - Donna Seaman 03/01/2011

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Product attributePublisher:   Picador USA
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