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A Long Day at the Chocolate Bar Factory

James Wood: David Bezmozgis, 16 December 2004

‘Natasha’ and Other Stories 
by David Bezmozgis.
Cape, 147 pp., £10.99, August 2004, 0 224 07125 4
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... Chekhov’s irony is often savage, modern irony is often merely all-nullifying. It says much for David Bezmozgis’s considerable talents that his apparently skinny, crafty, ironic stories, narrated entirely in the first person in simple, unmetaphorical prose, and fond of abrupt closures, should seem to dip so obviously into the common pool and yet ...

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