Transcultural Perspectives- Perspectives transculturelles
Edited By Klaus-Dieter Ertler, Martin Löschnigg and Yvonne Völkl
En raison de son passé colonial, la culture canadienne a été façonnée par des influences françaises et britanniques ainsi que par d’autres cultures européennes. Cependant, à partir de la deuxième moitié du 20
Natalia Kaloh Vid: From Russia with Hope:Trans-Cultural Identities in David Bezmozgis’s Natasha and other Stories (2004)
From Russia with Hope: Trans-Cultural Identities in David Bezmozgis’s Natasha and other Stories (2004) Natalia Kaloh Vid (Maribor, Slovenia) Introduction David Bezmozgis is a writer whose works illustrate in an exemplary manner the theme of European-Canadian trans-cultural identities within the multicultural mosaic of the new millennium. He navigates three different cultures: that of the Soviet Union of his childhood, that of an adopted homeland, Canada, and his Jewish heritage1. Born in Riga (Latvia) in 1972 Bezmozgis, he immigrated to Canada as a child with his family. Before graduating from McGill University, Bezmozgis attended Hebrew school and later depicted his experience in “Animal to the Memory”, a short story included in his first book. In 2003, three of Bezmozgis’s short stories appeared in The New Yorker, Zoetrope and Harper’s. A year later, the first collection of short stories, Natasha and Other Stories, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. According to Wanner, the release of the book was accompanied by “an extensive publicity blitz” (2012, 136), including a national book tour and blurbs by T. S. Boyle and Jeffrey Eugenidis. The book eventually won the Toronto Book Award and the Com- monwealth Writer’s Prize for First Book, became a New York Times notable book and Chicago Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle best book of 20042. Natasha and Other Stories is dedicated to Bezmozgis’s parents and chronicles the life of a Russian Jewish family that immigrated to Canada in the 1970s. As is evident from even a brief outline of the narrative...
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