Tag Archives: Soviet Union

Leaving Russia

Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story, a memoir by Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies Maxim D. Shrayer has been released in a paperback edition. The first English-language, autobiographical and nonfictional account of growing up Jewish in the former USSR, Leaving … Continue reading

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Moscow memories

Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies Maxim D. Shrayer, who came to the United States from the Soviet Union in 1987, recalls a spring day in Moscow more than 30 years ago, a friendship, and a longing to be … Continue reading

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Cold War espionage

Alumnus Bill Plunkert, a former CIA agent featured in the book The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal (Penguin Random House,  2015) by Pulitzer Prize winner David E. Hoffman, will give a talk Apr. 20 … Continue reading

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A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka

Alumnus Lev Golinkin will discuss his memoir, A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka, at BC on January 27 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100.  Golinkin came to the US as a child refugee from the … Continue reading

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Waiting for America in Italian

Two chapters from BC Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies Maxim D. Shrayer‘s memoir of emigration, Waiting for America, have appeared in Italian translation in a special issue of the Italian magazine eSamizdat. In Waiting for America, Shrayer writes of … Continue reading

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Book review: Golinkin’s memoir

A Commonweal magazine review of A Backpack, A Bear and Eight Crates of Vodka (Doubleday, 2014) by Boston College alumnus Lev Golinkin draws comparisons to another memoir about a Jewish family fleeing the Soviet Union —Waiting for America by Boston College … Continue reading

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Escape from the Soviet Union

Boston College alumnus Lev Golinkin has published A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka (Doubleday, 2014), about his Jewish family fleeing the Soviet Union in the waning years of the Cold War, with only 10 suitcases, six hundred dollars, and the … Continue reading

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