Leaving Russia

leaving russiaMaxim D. Shrayer, professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies, has published a powerful new memoir: Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story.  In the first English-language, autobiographical and nonfictional account of growing up Jewish in the former USSR—of refuseniks and the Jewish exodus from Russia—Shrayer poignantly conveys the triumphs and humiliations of a Soviet childhood and expresses the dreams and fears of his family, which never lost hope for acceptance and a better life. A book launch for Leaving Russia will be held on Thursday, December 12 at 7 p.m. at the Brookline Booksmith. More in a  news release from  the Office of News & Public Affairs. Read an expert of Leaving Russia starting on page 41 of Baltic Worlds.

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5 Responses to Leaving Russia

  1. Maxim is a remarkable writer, scholar, and person. This will be an extraordinary read.

  2. Amir H. Hoveyda says:

    Dear Maxim:

    I, too, look forward to reading your new book.

    With best wishes,


  3. Thank you, Amir. As always, I’m eager to hear your thoughts. Warmly, MDS

  4. Pingback: Book review: Leaving Russia | BC Bookmarks

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