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"To Bezmozgis's vast credit, not a line or note in the book rings false; the voice of his storyteller, young Mark Berman, is grounded by the streets of his family's neighborhood, and nothing comes off as smug or, worse still, wise. If you put a loaded rugelah to my graying head and forced me to come up with a comparison, I'd go with Joyce's Dubliners, but funny." Scott Raab, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

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Publisher Comments:

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book

A Chicago Tribune Best Book

Winner of the Commonwealth Prize

A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year

Finalist for the Art Seidenbaum Award

Winner of the Writers' Guild of Canada's Danuta Gleed Literary Award for Short Fiction

Winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award

Shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award

Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award

Shortlisted for the Governor-General's Award

Title Story Included in the 2005 Best American Short Stories

A debut collection of rare skill and verve, Natasha chronicles the family saga of the Bermans in stories full of heart and consequence. In "Tapka," six-year-old Mark's first experiments in English bring ruin and near tragedy to the neighbors upstairs. In "Roman Berman, Massage Therapist," Roman and Bella stake all their hopes for Roman's business on their first dinner with a North American family. In the title story, a stark, funny anatomy of first love, we witness Mark's sexual awakening at the hands of his fourteen-year-old cousin, a new immigrant from the New Russia. In "Minyan," Mark and his grandfather watch as the death of an Odessan cabdriver sets off a religious controversy among the residents of a Jewish old-people's home.

Review:

"Bezmogis's spare, confrontational tales...take many unexpected turns, but their humanity and poignancy strike the deepest notes. Shades of Isaac Babel, Leonard Michaels, and Aleksandar Hemon in a nevertheless irresistibly original first book." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

"These loosely linked stories are succinct, unsentimental and refreshingly free of what the late Leonard Michaels...called the 'cry of me-feeling' that characterizes so much contemporary fiction." Meghan O'Rourke, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Here in Europe the talk this year has been all about the new writing coming out of Russia. David Bezmogis shows that this energy extends to the Russian Diaspora as well. In Natasha and Other Stories Bezmozgis renders something of the clear-sighted melancholy associated with Chekov or Babel into English prose and a North American context. With a maturity and control far beyond his years, Mr. Bezmozgis has produced a captivating and impressive debut. The title story itself is one I will never forget." Jeffrey Eugenides, author of Middlesex

Review:

"Exquisitely crafted stories. A first collection that reads like the work of a past master." T. Coraghessan Boyle, author of Drop City

Review:

"Bezmozgis adds his wry and nimble voice to the grand tradition of immigrant literature....Flinty and intriguing, Bezmozgis' well-made stories play well in conjunction with Aleksandar Hemon's The Question of Bruno." Donna Seaman, Booklist

Review:

"[S]tunning....Taken alone, these stories are charming and pitch-perfect; together, they add up to something like life itself: funny, heartbreaking, terrible, true." Library Journal

Review:

"[A] remarkable debut collection....These complex, evocative stories herald the arrival of a significant new voice." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"An effervescent debut.... A familiar tale of dislocation and assimilation with enough humor, honesty, and courage to make it new again.... If the last page of 'Tapeka' doesn't stop your heart, maybe it was never beating." O magazine

Review:

"Exquisitely crafted stories. A first collection that reads like the work of a past master." T. Coraghessan Boyle

Review:

"While the immigrant experience in the United States has been much explored, Bezmozgis's less familiar shores are refreshing... The voice in Natasha is assured, inviting, and warm." Economist

Synopsis:

A dazzling debut, and a publishing phenomenon: the tender, savagely funny collection from a young immigrant who has taken the critics by storm. Few readers had heard of David Bezmozgis before May 2003, when Harper’s, Zoetrope, and the New Yorker all printed stories from his forthcoming collection. In the space of a few weeks, America thus met the Bermans — Bella and Roman and their son, Mark — Russian Jews who have fled the Riga of Brezhnev for Toronto, the city of their dreams.

Told through Mark’s eyes, the stories in Natasha possess a serious wit and uniquely Jewish perspective that recall the first published stories of Bernard Malamud and Philip Roth, not to mention the recent work of Jhumpa Lahiri, Nathan Englander, and Adam Haslett.

Synopsis:

A dazzling debut, and a publishing phenomenon: the tender, savagely funny collection from a young immigrant who has taken the critics by storm.

Few readers had heard of David Bezmozgis before May 2003, when Harper's, Zoetrope, and The New Yorker all printed stories from his forthcoming collection. In the space of a few weeks, America thus met the Bermans--Bella and Roman and their son, Mark--Russian Jews who have fled the Riga of Brezhnev for Toronto, the city of their dreams.

Told through Mark's eyes, the stories in Natasha possess a serious wit and uniquely Jewish perspective that recall the first published stories of Bernard Malamud and Philip Roth, not to mention the recent work of Jhumpa Lahiri, Nathan Englander, and Adam Haslett.

About the Author

David Bezmozgis (Bez-MOZE-ghis) was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1973. In 1980 he immigrated with his parents to Toronto, where he lives today. This is his first book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312423933
Author:
Bezmozgis, David
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 in

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Product details 160 pages Picador USA - English 9780312423933 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "To Bezmozgis's vast credit, not a line or note in the book rings false; the voice of his storyteller, young Mark Berman, is grounded by the streets of his family's neighborhood, and nothing comes off as smug or, worse still, wise. If you put a loaded rugelah to my graying head and forced me to come up with a comparison, I'd go with Joyce's Dubliners, but funny." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "Bezmogis's spare, confrontational tales...take many unexpected turns, but their humanity and poignancy strike the deepest notes. Shades of Isaac Babel, Leonard Michaels, and Aleksandar Hemon in a nevertheless irresistibly original first book."
"Review" by , "These loosely linked stories are succinct, unsentimental and refreshingly free of what the late Leonard Michaels...called the 'cry of me-feeling' that characterizes so much contemporary fiction."
"Review" by , "Here in Europe the talk this year has been all about the new writing coming out of Russia. David Bezmogis shows that this energy extends to the Russian Diaspora as well. In Natasha and Other Stories Bezmozgis renders something of the clear-sighted melancholy associated with Chekov or Babel into English prose and a North American context. With a maturity and control far beyond his years, Mr. Bezmozgis has produced a captivating and impressive debut. The title story itself is one I will never forget."
"Review" by , "Exquisitely crafted stories. A first collection that reads like the work of a past master."
"Review" by , "Bezmozgis adds his wry and nimble voice to the grand tradition of immigrant literature....Flinty and intriguing, Bezmozgis' well-made stories play well in conjunction with Aleksandar Hemon's The Question of Bruno."
"Review" by , "[S]tunning....Taken alone, these stories are charming and pitch-perfect; together, they add up to something like life itself: funny, heartbreaking, terrible, true."
"Review" by , "[A] remarkable debut collection....These complex, evocative stories herald the arrival of a significant new voice."
"Review" by , "An effervescent debut.... A familiar tale of dislocation and assimilation with enough humor, honesty, and courage to make it new again.... If the last page of 'Tapeka' doesn't stop your heart, maybe it was never beating." O magazine
"Review" by , "Exquisitely crafted stories. A first collection that reads like the work of a past master."
"Review" by , "While the immigrant experience in the United States has been much explored, Bezmozgis's less familiar shores are refreshing... The voice in Natasha is assured, inviting, and warm."
"Synopsis" by , A dazzling debut, and a publishing phenomenon: the tender, savagely funny collection from a young immigrant who has taken the critics by storm. Few readers had heard of David Bezmozgis before May 2003, when Harper’s, Zoetrope, and the New Yorker all printed stories from his forthcoming collection. In the space of a few weeks, America thus met the Bermans — Bella and Roman and their son, Mark — Russian Jews who have fled the Riga of Brezhnev for Toronto, the city of their dreams.

Told through Mark’s eyes, the stories in Natasha possess a serious wit and uniquely Jewish perspective that recall the first published stories of Bernard Malamud and Philip Roth, not to mention the recent work of Jhumpa Lahiri, Nathan Englander, and Adam Haslett.

"Synopsis" by ,
A dazzling debut, and a publishing phenomenon: the tender, savagely funny collection from a young immigrant who has taken the critics by storm.

Few readers had heard of David Bezmozgis before May 2003, when Harper's, Zoetrope, and The New Yorker all printed stories from his forthcoming collection. In the space of a few weeks, America thus met the Bermans--Bella and Roman and their son, Mark--Russian Jews who have fled the Riga of Brezhnev for Toronto, the city of their dreams.

Told through Mark's eyes, the stories in Natasha possess a serious wit and uniquely Jewish perspective that recall the first published stories of Bernard Malamud and Philip Roth, not to mention the recent work of Jhumpa Lahiri, Nathan Englander, and Adam Haslett.

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