David Bezmozgis

From Latvia, With Ambiguity

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

04/05/2011
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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