A compact saga of
love, duty, family, and sacrifice from a rising star in fiction
These incandescent pages give us one fraught, momentous day
in the life of Baruch Kotler, a Soviet Jewish dissident who now finds himself a
disgraced Israeli politician. When he refuses to back down from a contrary but
principled stand regarding the settlements in the West Bank, his political
opponents expose his affair with a mistress decades his junior, and the
besieged couple escapes to Yalta, the faded Crimean resort of Kotler’s youth.
There, shockingly, Kotler comes face-to-face with the former friend whose
denunciation sent him to the Gulag almost forty years earlier.
In a whirling 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 moral
dilemma in the Israeli army, and the wife who once campaigned to secure his
freedom and stood by him through so much.
Stubborn, wry, and self-knowing, Baruch Kotler is one of the
great creations of contemporary fiction. An aging man grasping for a final
passion, he is drawn inexorably into a crucible that is both personal and
biblical in scope.
In prose that is elegant, sly, precise, and devastating in
its awareness of the human heart, David Bezmozgis has rendered a story for the
ages, an inquest into the nature of fate and consequence, love and forgiveness.
The Betrayers is a high-wire act, a
powerful tale of morality and sacrifice that will haunt readers long after they
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