David Bezmozgis

From Latvia, With Ambiguity

David Bezmozgis, whose first novel is just out, reflects on the nature of ideologies like Communism and Zionism.
Staff Writer

The story of the refuseniks is a heroic one. Thousands of Soviet Jews risked their lives, facing imprisonment or worse, so they could live openly as Jews.

“The novel is not an attack on any one [ideology],” says David Bezmozgis.

Sometimes Even the Cats Get Heartsick

I saw the strangest thing yesterday.

Late afternoon, I was waiting for the bus on King George Street in downtown Jerusalem when suddenly, I heard gasps from a few teenage boys.

“Whoa! I don’t believe it!” said one.

They were all staring at something in the middle of the street.

I looked and there, as if in a daze, was a cat, its head hung low between its front paws, its whole figure dejected.

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