A Russian Immigrant: Translingual Pleasures and Literary Responses to COVID-19

May 21, 2020 Free 0
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Professor Maxim D. Shrayer (Courtesy photo: Lee Pellegrini/Boston College)
Professor Maxim D. Shrayer (Courtesy photo: Lee Pellegrini/Boston College)

Maxim D. Shrayer—author, scholar and translator—will discuss the lives and careers of translingual authors from the former USSR. He will read from his new book, “A Russian Immigrant: Three Novellas” (Cherry Orchard Books), a literary manifesto of Russian Jews in America. The novellas feature Simon Reznikov, a restless Boston-based immigrant who experiences Providence, New Haven and Boston and embarks on pilgrimages to Estonia and Bohemia. Shayer will also comment on writing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Cosponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University. The Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry has been made possible with the generous support of Genesis Philanthropy Group.

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