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The two final stories widen Mark’s understanding—of the fact of mortality, during the summer when his “researches” into the history of an obscure Jewish heavyweight boxer (“Choynski”) coincide with his beloved babushka’s death;| Read Full Review of Natasha: And Other Stories
Smart but slight, Bezmozgis' debut offers a bracing variation on the familiar saga of the Jewish immigrant boy coming of age in a big North American city.Jun 04 2004 | Read Full Review of Natasha: And Other Stories
It’s a fundamental question of literary ontology: Which came first, The New Yorker’s publication of a new author’s early story, or the widespread conviction that the author is destined to be the next great writer of his era/age group/ethnic group/nationality?Jun 29 2004 | Read Full Review of Natasha: And Other Stories
That combination is most apparent in the collection's title story, "Natasha," in which the 16-year-old Mark has to explore his feelings for teenaged Natasha, his cousin by marriage and a whore by circumstance.Jan 19 2017 | Read Full Review of Natasha: And Other Stories
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...
In fact, the best way to read The Free World might be as a subversive companion to Gal Beckerman’s magisterial history of the Soviet Jewish emigration, When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone, published last year.Apr 22 2015 | Read Full Review of Natasha: And Other Stories
Later, 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.| Read Full Review of Natasha: And Other Stories
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