A Russian Immigrant

The lives of immigrants are fueled by a combustible mix of success and alienation. In his new work, A Russian Immigrant: Three Novellas (Cherry Orchard Books, 2019),  Boston College Professor Maxim D. Shrayer captures those feelings in the story of Simon Reznikov, a Boston-based immigrant whose Russian, Jewish, and Soviet identities are explored in three interconnected novellas that span time and place. According to the publisher, in Shrayer’s “literary manifesto of Russian Jews in America” there are “vectors of love and desire, nostalgia and amnesia, violence and forgiveness, politics and aesthetics guiding  his immigrant characters while also disorienting them in their new American lives.” Read an excerpt from A Russian Immigrant in The Tablet.

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