The Free World
Summer, 1978. Brezhnev sits like a stone in the Kremlin, Israel and Egypt are inching towards peace, and in the bustling, polyglot streets of Rome, strange new creatures have appeared: Soviet Jews who have escaped to freedom through a crack in the Iron Curtain. Among the thousands
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I was so bored with this. It’s about some people, not sure who was who, emigrating from the Soviet Union to the U.S. and Canada via Rome. It was so mundane.
It went something like this…..
Boris: Paulina ...more
Excellent development of the characters and their motivations.
Again I am liking a book about characters (some of them) that are not really admirable, or likable, but who deserve respect for their choices, their tenacity and strength nonetheless.
Bezmozgis elegant writing mixed with the darkest humor and poetic prose are unparalleled at this time...
The best editorial review was from Publishers Weekly:
"the book remains an assured, complex social novel who ...more
How many people do you know are real heroes? I bet not that many. So why do I want a book to have at least one or two characters that I admire? Well, the book gets kind of depressing otherwise. Why bother reading, all I have to do is turn on the television or look out my window to see the ordinary.
In the beginning I was very much enjoying the humor, then I got tired of and annoyed at the characters. I didn't learn really any history from this book either. I did learn one thing, how ...more
Samuel's story was very engaging and the fact that he adh ...more
The patri ...more
I think what's most surprising is to move through the familiar setting of Rome from a different perspective. The traffic, the markets, the monuments: all feel different ...more
La storia inizia idealmente a Riga, ma si dipana come un intreccio di culture non facile da comprendere, anche perché Bez. non ci fa entrare più di tanto nella testa dei personaggi, se non del vecchio Ismail e di suo figlio Alec, privilegiando una narrazione alla fin fine aneddotica.
Il nucleo famigliare viene fotografato nel 1979, nell'arco temporale dei 7 mesi di transito a Roma, dalla loro uscita dall'URSS fino all'ingresso in Canada.
A Roma la condizione ...more