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Bezmozgis, David. THE FREE WORLD: A NOVEL. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 360 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most sensational novel debuts of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The dazzling DJ design is by Dean Nicastro. Presents David Bezmozgis' first novel. Born in Latvia, Bezmozgis grew up during the waning days of the Soviet Empire before emigrating to the West, the "Free World" of the title. His book is an unabashedly "Russian" novel, unable to break free of homeland. "Its strength is in the language. The voices speak a new Frankenstein tongue, its seams purposefully showing. Though written in English, the dialogue has the distinct rhythm and tone of Russian that has been translated, almost word-for-word, without an interpreter's laborious task of adjusting for context. As a storytelling device, it's perfect. It immerses the reader in the Krasnansky household and lest he forget, reminds him that the place he has entered is very Russian, not Russians among Americans, as he may be used to, or even Russians among Italians" (The New York Observer). Migration, that is, the pull of Home versus the push of the World, is the central narrative of the modern novel, whether it's Vladimir Nabokov ekeing out a living in Paris while longing for and cursing Mother Russia at the same time or Roberto Bolano desperately fleeing Latin America by travelling restlessly everywhere only to find the continent wherever he went and ended up. As its admirers have noted, Bezmozgis' novel is worthy to stand favorable comparison with such recent "migration" novels as Jeffrey Eugenides' "Middlesex" and Junot Diaz's "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao". A "must-have" title for David Bezmozgis and contemporary American literature collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by David Bezmozgis. This title is now collectible. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. David Bezmozgis was selected as one of "20 Writers Under 40" of the decade by The New Yorker Magazine. One of the most brilliant living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAVID BEZMOZGIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374281408. $50.00

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