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Leaving Russia
A Jewish Story

Maxim D. Shrayer

Cloth $29.95    |    978-0-8156-1024-3    |    2013

Paper $19.95    |    978-0-8156-1088-5    |    2017

ebook 978-0-8156-5243-4

Finalist for the 2013 National Jewish Book Award

"In this book, Shrayer describes an emotional journey—not just from Russia to America, but from spiritual darkness into light. The book also explains why Jews felt forced to leave a country they loved, when it grew clear that country would never, could never, love them in return."—Wyatt Andrews, CBS News National Correspondent

"An exquisite memoir. . . . An unforgettable first-person account of Jewish life and Jewish suffering during the final years of Russian Communism."—Jonathan D. Sarna, author of When General Grant Expelled the Jews

"Written in an evocatively poetic language, Shrayer’s Leaving Russia is a remarkable book—simultaneously a sociological examination of the lives of refuseniks and an archeological investigation of Soviet memory."—Luba Jurgenson, University of Paris IV-Sorbonne

"This is not only a memoir of leaving Russia. It is also a memoir of living in the Soviet Union...It is a memoir of growing up in the twilight years of the Soviet Union, yet not knowing that it was the twilight years."—Juliane Fürst, University of Bristol

"Maxim D. Shrayer’ s stunning memoir Leaving Russia...should be assigned reading for anyone interested in the Jewish experience of the twentieth century"—Jewish Book World

"Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story, Maxim D. Shrayer’s nuanced memoir of his youth in the Soviet Union, reads less like the nonfiction account that it is, and more like a literary work."—New Jersey Jewish News

  Leaving Russia

  Born in Moscow in 1967, Maxim D. Shrayer is a professor at Boston College and a bilingual writer and translator. Shrayer has authored ten books, among them the memoir Waiting for America, the collection Yom Kippur in Amsterdam, and the Holocaust study I Saw It: Ilya Selvinsky and the Legacy of Bearing Witness to the Shoah. Shrayer’s Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature won a 2007 National Jewish Book Award, and in 2012 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Visit .

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