A Russian Immigrant: Three Novellas

October 23, 2019 Cambridge Free 0
Professor Maxim D. Shrayer (Courtesy photo: Lee Pellegrini/Boston College)
Professor Maxim D. Shrayer (Courtesy photo: Lee Pellegrini/Boston College)

Simon Reznikov, the Boston-based immigrant protagonist of this collection of Maxim D. Shrayer’s interconnected novellas, is restless. Set in Providence, New Haven and Boston, but also in places of the main character’s pilgrimages such as Estonia and Bohemia, Shrayer’s “A Russian Immigrant” weaves together a literary manifesto of Russian Jews in America.

“Forget all the slapstick, Moscow-on-the-Hudson, burlesque treatments of Jewish Russian émigré life you’ve ever read. If you want the honest, beautifully rendered, and deeply compelling truth about what it’s like to be a Russian immigrant in America, these three braided novellas by the very talented Maxim D. Shrayer are all you need.”
―Eileen Pollack, author of “The Bible of Dirty Jokes”

Maxim D. Shrayer is professor of Russian, English and Jewish studies at Boston College and director of the Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry at the Davis Center. He is the author and editor of over 15 books, including “Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story,” “Yom Kippur in Amsterdam” and “Voices of Jewish-Russian Literature.” Shrayer is a Guggenheim Fellow and the winner of a National Jewish Book Award.


  • Maxim D. Shrayer
  • Moderator: Rawi Abdelal, Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management, Harvard Business School; Director, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

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