Maxim D. Shrayer is an author and a professor at Boston College. His recent books include Voices of Jewish-Russian Literature and A Russian Immigrant: Three Novellas. Shrayer’s newest book is Of Politics and Pandemics. Follow him on Twitter @MaximDShrayer.
A group of ex-Soviets waits for visas and forms unexpected alliances on an Italian beach
The moral and historical illiteracy of boycotting Russian identity and culture
A Purim spiel on one of Judaism’s most majestic creatures
A visit back to Russia, and an unceremonious encounter with the theatrics of the past
A tale of lost luggage and a Jewish Christmas miracle
Thinking about one’s funeral honors during a visit to New York
On the publication anniversary of ‘The Trial,’ a foray into the labyrinth of Russian bureaucracy shows that the author was dead-on
A Russian Jewish story from the Dolomites
Remembering Ilia Salita’s formative years in Moscow
Seventy-seven years ago today, a landmark court case on Nazi war crimes began in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. A Jewish poet in uniform tried to report on it in verse. His struggles challenged the Stalinist doctrine of universalizing the Soviet dead and obfuscating Jewish victimhood.
A portrait of my father, the refusenik writer and medical scientist David Shrayer-Petrov, as a New England poet, on his 84th birthday
Wet hot ‘amerikanski’ summer
The story of a Jewish Germanophile who became a Soviet investigator of Nazi crimes
A new English translation for May Day
Tablet en Español: Un emigrante Ruso viaja por Chile con su esposa e hijas
An émigré travels in Chile with his wife and daughters
A trip to the ‘old’ circus with imaginary Jewish clowns
How I went from a Reagan supporter to feeling despondent over Trump and my children’s future
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