- Tapa blanda: 240 páginas
- Editor: Penguin (26 de febrero de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0241961335
- ISBN-13: 978-0241961339
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The Betrayers (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 26 feb 2015
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Gripping from the outset, as tightly structured as an intense theatrical experience, this is brilliant writing. Kotler - uncompromising and comprised - is a fascinating, provocative figure (Tom Rob Smith)
A work of high moral seriousness dispatched with a gripping elegance . . . Bezmozgis's story of fallen saints and redeemed outcasts is, to put it plainly, the work of a great writer (Joshua Ferris, author of 'To Rise Again at a Decent Hour')
Just when we think we've arrived at the heart of the story's moral complexity, Bezmozgis cuts again and lays bare yet another layer . . . one of the foremost writers of his generation (Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Halftime Walk)
A compelling tale of reckoning. Bezmozgis is a smart, taut writer . . . His sentences make interesting turns; his dialogue bites; and he brings alive pre-revolutionary Crimea, with its glum post-Soviet citizens and purple Yalta onions for sale by the roadside (Financial Times)
A moral thriller . . . Bezmozgis is a magician (Aleksandar Hemon, author of The Lazarus Project)
Taut, fierce, forensically insightful . . . explores the frictions between goodness and kindness, public and private virtue, forgiveness and forgetting. Compulsive and profound (A D Miller, author of Snowdrops)
Brilliant, deft depictions of love, of memory, of compassion - and, ultimately, despite its title, of loyalty (Edith Pearlman, author of Binocular Vision)
A taut, slim book with a stately tone that makes it feel much larger . . . For [a] lively topical discussion of what it means to live a moral life, The Betrayers is just what the doctor ordered (Prospect)
An impressive novel . . . Bezmozgis explores the dynamics of mercy, guilt and repentence (Sunday Times)
A vivid novel . . . raising questions of integrity, compromise, identity and forgiveness (Guardian)
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The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis is a searing novel about a man whose principles are tested to the utmost extremes
'Impressive . . . alive to how reversals of fortune change individuals' Sunday Times
In a small crumbling resort in the Crimea, two men meet after many years apart. Kotler has fled Jerusalem with his young lover after taking a decision which has now cost him everything. Yet the other, Vladimir, would rather discuss the distant past: a long time ago, Kotler was betrayed and imprisoned - and now there must be a reckoning. With the world on his trail, Kotler would like nothing better than to hide. However, the consequences of decisions old and new return to haunt him . . .
'Gripping from the outset. Brilliant' Tom Rob Smith
'Compelling, rich, comic, profound' Financial Times
'Brave and ambitious' Independent
'Very impressive. As gripping as a political thriller, but probes issues of loyalty and betrayal more deeply than most thrillers ever aspire to do' James Wood, New Yorker, Books of the Year
David Bezmozgis was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1973 and emigrated with his parents to Toronto in 1980. His first novel, The Free World, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His collection Natasha and Other Stories was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won the Commonwealth Writers' Regional Prize for First Book. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages.
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The visitors are Baruch Kotler, an Israeli government minister, and his younger mistress Leora. Russian-born Kotler became world-famous as the symbol of Soviet oppression of the Jews, and his eventual release from the Gulag allowed his arrival in Israel as a conquering hero. But now it appears that he and Leora are on the run, his adultery exposed by political opponents uncomfortable with his uncompromising Zionism. He chooses Yalta as his bolt-hole because of happy memories as a child, but cannot find room in a hotel. Some women at the bus station offer rooms to rent. Kotler, guided more or less by instinct, accepts the offer of a woman called Svetlana who, though Christian herself, says that her husband is Jewish.
Kotler does not fully know what impelled him to chose this room, and Svetlana will later call it the hand of God, but we see it as dramatic licence: the one big coincidence we must accept if the play is to work. For Svetlana's husband, Chaim Tankilevich, is the very man who, as a Jew working in secret for the KGB, betrayed Kotler as an activist, and was thus responsible for his show trial and long imprisonment. But his subsequent career has taken the opposite trajectory from that of his former enemy. Reviled by the small group of Jews remaining in the Crimea, he has had to change his name and rely on charity from a Jewish organization whose administrator imposes humiliating conditions as the price for keeping his secret.
The titles of the drama and its separate scenes are chosen with care. Both men are BETRAYERS: Tankilevich obviously so, but Kotler has betrayed his wife and possibly his duty to his prime minister, though not his principles. Both are in SANCTUARY; both in different ways have been held HOSTAGE. The stage is set for their REUNION, which begins as a cold duel of words. Not being Jewish, I may not be adequately tuned to all the implications, and I certainly know that I would be on the opposite side to Kotler politically, since the triggering crisis in Israel concerns the dismantling of some Jewish settlements in the occupied territories. A lot has to do with the nature of being a Jew. It is not simply a matter of personal forgiveness after all this time, but of what that forgiveness would mean politically. The section labeled ASCENT seems for a while to be the very opposite, as everything goes downhill for both couples. Only when we get to the very brief CODA do we realize that, morally, this indeed has been an ascent, and that Bezmozgis has brought us to the final curtain of this serious, thought-provoking drama with skill, moral intelligence, and grace.
The Betrayers is about such a man. Baruch Kotler, a Right-Wing minister in the Israeli cabinet and a hero among the refuseniks who stood up against the anti-Semitism of the USSR, has resigned when the coalition government in which he’s serving has voted to demolish and abandon certain Jewish settlements on Arab land. Kotler takes this step even knowing to a certainty that his enemies will go public with damaging information that could destroy his family.
In The Betrayers, David Bezmozgis follows Kotler and his beautiful young mistress through the Crimea, where they have fled following publication of photos revealing their affair. In Yalta, in a coincidence that is far-fetched beyond belief, Kotler confronts the man whose false accusation sent him to prison in Siberia for 13 years.
The Betrayers is a talky novel, with the principal characters — even the least educated among them — exchanging nuanced philosophical monologues that conjure up images of the stage: bad plays, not good ones. Though I didn’t enjoy reading this book, I did manage to stick with it to the end for the revealing picture it paints of Russia after the fall of Communism and of Israeli politics.
David Bezmozgis is an award-winning novelist, short story-writer, and filmmaker. He is Canadian but was born in Riga, Latvia. The Betrayers is his second novel.