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Review: The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis

The BetrayersSaul Bellow once said that “with a novelist, like a surgeon, you have to get a feeling that you’ve fallen into good hands—someone from whom you can accept the anaesthetic with confidence.” In his second novel, fellow Canadian David Bezmozgis commands that confidence with ease. The Betrayers is a taut, slim book with a stately tone that makes it feel much larger. Most of the action takes place within 24 hours, following 60-year-old politician Boris Kotler as he flees modern-day Israel for Yalta. Russian-born refusenik Kotler is running from scandal. To silence…

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