Monica Osborne, a scholar of Jewish literature and culture, writes for the Jewish Journal about Boston College Professor Maxim D. Shrayer’s latest book, With or Without You: The Prospect for Jews in Today’s Russia. For the book, Shrayer returned to his homeland to explore what it means to live as a Jew in Russia today and to ask why, given the long history of Russian anti-Semitism, Jews continue to stay. Osborne notes that Shrayer’s interview subjects “all share, despite their optimism, a sense of foreboding.” With more Russian-speaking Jews living outside of Russia than within its borders and the Jewish population that remains in Russia aging, she wonders: “How important is it to Diasporic Jews that Russian Jewish life continue to flourish, and what are we going to do about it?” Shrayer is a professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies and the author/editor of more than 15 books of criticism, biography, nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and translation. Jewish Journal article | He will talk about his book at the Dean’s Colloquium on Mar. 22 at 4 p.m. in O’Neill Library room 303.
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