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The Betrayers

byDavid Bezmozgis

Hardcover | February 24, 2016

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Finalist for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize

A disgraced Israeli politician comes face to face with the man who denounced him to the KGB and sent him to the Gulag

These incandescent pages give us one momentous day in the life of Baruch Kotler, a disgraced Israeli politician. When he refuses to back down from a contrary but principled stand regarding the West Bank settlements, his political opponents expose his affair with a mistress decades his junior. He and the fierce young Leora flee the scandal for Yalta, where he comes face to face with the former friend who denounced him to the KGB almost forty years earlier.

In a mere twenty-four hours, Kotler must face the ultimate reckoning, both with those who have betrayed him and with those whom he has betrayed, including a teenage daughter, a son facing his own ethical dilemmas in the Israeli army, and the wife who stood by his side through so much.

In prose that is elegant, sly, precise and devastating, David Bezmozgis has rendered a story for the ages, an inquest into the nature of fate and consequence, love and forgiveness.

DAVID BEZMOZGISmoved from Latvia to Canada at the age of six. After studying English literature at McGill University and fine arts at the Southern California School of Cinema-Television, he created his first documentary in 1999, entitled L.A. Mohel, capturing the busy lives of three mohels (Jewish ritual circumcisers) in Los Angeles. H...
Title:The BetrayersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:February 24, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443409774

ISBN - 13:9781443409773

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from good I really enjoyed reading this book.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good but not earth shattering I picked this book up on a whim because it was nominated for the Giller prize. The story of a disgraced Israeli politician coincidentally meeting his Russian betrayer is a bit far fetched for me. The character development was good however and immersed me into the psyches of both men and the ways they deal with their past. The story is understated and well plotted. I liked the book and will read more by this author.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Betrayers I very well written novel. It explained Israel to me in a new and unique way. The Jewish Russian characters were familiar to me. I have met these hard edge - hard headed Israels, yet sentimental people. A great novel on so many levels
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a fair read I read The Betrayers because David Bezmozgis has again been recommended for The Giller Prize. I found the book to be a slow read and I had guessed the ending well before the end of the book. It is a good story, just did not really work for me. I recommend reading his last effort, The Free World. For me it had a better developed and more engaging story line. I will await David Bezmozgis' next work hoping for something different.
Date published: 2014-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A soon-to-be classic. Bezmogis' intelligence and fair-minded world view are showcased in this morality tale. The characters are likeable and unlikeable, often at the same time. The book made me consider how we judge others and the nature of forgiveness. Worthy of the Giller.
Date published: 2014-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Betrayers For a Russian Jew this novel is as close to the heart as a smell of fresh baked rye bread.
Date published: 2014-10-28

Editorial Reviews

"This unforgettable novel squanders no words in its brilliant, deft depictions of love, of memory, of compassion-and, ultimately, despite its title, of loyalty."
-Edith Pearlman,, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the National Book Award for Binocular Vision. ()