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August 1978. Brezhnev is in the Kremlin. Nuclear missiles stand primed in their Siberian silos. The Iron Curtain divides East from West. And in the muggy darkness of a train compartment, the young Krasnansky brothers - with their wives, their parents, and a pair of sleeping little kids - are crossing Italy. Italy! The destination of every Russian Jew who refused to play by the rules and go to Israel. Italy! Where all you have to do is spin the globe, choose a country (Canada? New Zealand?), and wait for the papers. Italy! For the Krasnanskys, it might as well be the moon.

Alongside thousands of other Russian immigrants, they will spend half a year in the village of Ladispoli, on the outskirts of Rome, experiencing the full range of the human circus that is Italy - love affairs, freedom, a nostalgic reliving of the Soviet past, and blind and frantic negotiations with an unknowable future. Part holiday, part exile, these six months will be - for good and ill - the greatest adventure of their lives.

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March 2011 : Canada Hardback
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Title: The Free World
Author(s): David Bezmozgis
ISBN: 1-4434-0399-7 / 978-1-4434-0399-3 (Canada edition)
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March 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Free World: A Novel
Author(s): David Bezmozgis
ISBN: 0-374-28140-8 / 978-0-374-28140-3 (USA edition)
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August 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Free World
Author(s): David Bezmozgis
ISBN: 0-241-95375-8 / 978-0-241-95375-4 (UK edition)
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March 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Free World: A Novel
Author(s): David Bezmozgis
ISBN: 1-250-00251-6 / 978-1-250-00251-8 (USA edition)
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November 2011 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Free World
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ISBN: 1-4434-0400-4 / 978-1-4434-0400-6 (Canada edition)
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April 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Free World
Author(s): David Bezmozgis
ISBN: 0-670-92005-3 / 978-0-670-92005-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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October 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Free World: A Novel
Author(s): David Bezmozgis
ISBN: 1-5318-8201-3 / 978-1-5318-8201-3
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Title: The Free World: A Novel
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ISBN: 1-4558-8352-2 / 978-1-4558-8352-3 (USA edition)
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Title: The Free World: A Novel
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ISBN: 1-4558-8390-5 / 978-1-4558-8390-5 (USA edition)
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Title: The Free World: A Novel
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Title: The Free World: A Novel
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Title: Free World
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Title: The Free World: A Novel
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