David Bezmozgis: The Free World

(Fiction, 354 pp. 2011)

In 1978 thousands of Soviet Jews landed in Ladispoli, a way station outside Rome, waiting to secure visas for new lives in the West. Bezmozgis’s debut novel chronicles six months in the lives of three generations of the Krasnansky family as, stuck in Ladispoli, they experience love affairs and hustles, the frustration of dislocation, and feelings of nostalgia and aspiration.   

  • Review by Adam Langer, The New York Times, April 10, 2011
  • Review by Liesl Schillinger, The New York Times, April 1, 2011
  • Review by Irina Reyn, Forward, April 8, 2011
  • Review by Aaron Their, Nation, April 18, 2011
  • Review by Colin Greenland, The Guardian, April 16, 2011
  • Review by Juliet Lapidos, Slate.com, March 30, 2011
  • Paul Morton interviews David Bezmozgis, The Millions, June 30, 2011
  • “HIAS” Wikipedia
  • Biography
  • Irina Aleksander interviews David Bezmozgis, The Paris Review Daily, April 5, 2011
  • Video interview (5 min.)