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Free World

A Novel


Governor General's Literary Awards - Fiction - Finalist 'Best Books of 2011' - Selection

CBC News - 'Entertainment releases we're looking forward to in 2011' - Selection

Library Journal’s Editors' Spring Pick - Selection

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2011 - Selection

The Courier Mail’s Good Reading Guide for Year Ahead (Australia) - Selection

The Globe 100: The Very Best of 2013 - Selection

The Guardian Books to Look Out for in the Next Six Months (UK) - Selection

The Paris Review Staff Picks - Selection

The Toronto Star's 10 Books to Watch Out for this Spring - Selection

Waterstone's 11 Debut Fiction Picks for 2011 (UK) - Selection

Scotiabank Giller Prize - Shortlisted

The Center for Fiction’s 2011 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize - Shortlisted

Governor General's Award for Fiction - Finalist

Trillium Book Award (25th Annual) - Finalist

National Post "Best Books of 2011” - Selected

The Province - Top 10 Canadian Books of the Year - Selected

Toronto Star - “Top 100 books of 2011” - Selected

Vancouver Sun - "Top Books of 2011" - Selected

William Saroyan International Prize (2012) - Fiction category - Shortlisted First Novel Award (36th Annual) - Winner

Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction - Winner

About the Book

2011 Governor General’s Literary Awards Finalist - Fiction

Shortlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize

It is August 1978. Brezhnev sits like a stone in the Kremlin and nuclear missiles stand primed in the Siberian silos. The Iron Curtain divides East from West as three generations of the Krasnansky family leave the Soviet Union to get their first taste of freedom. Choosing Canada rather than Israel as their destination, the Krasnanskys find themselves on an enforced holiday in Italy with thousands of other Russian Jewish immigrants all facing an uncertain future. Together the irresistible and quarrelsome Krasnanskys will spend six months in Rome, where they will immerse themselves in the carnival of emigration, in an Italy rife with love affairs and ruthless hustles, with the promise and peril of a new life.

Writing in precise, musical prose, David Bezmozgis has created an intimate portrait of a tumultuous era, confirming his reputation as one of our most mature and accomplished storytellers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443404006
  • ISBN 10: 1443404004
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 11/08/2011
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price: 19.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Literary

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