Maxim D. Shrayer --  Максим Д. Шраер

 Maxim D. Shrayer, Professor of Russian and English
 Department of Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures

Boston College, 210 Lyons Hall
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 USA
voice: (617) 552-3911 fax: (617) 552-3913 e-mail:

Literary website:

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae in pdf format

Photo © 1999 by Karen E. Lasser

Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story

Dinner with Stalin and Other Stories

I Saw It: Ilya Selvinsky and the Legacy of Bearing Witness to the Shoah

Books, Publications, Research

Prose, Poetry, Translations         
Media Appearances

David Shrayer-Petrov

The Michael B. Kreps Memorial Readings


 CURRICULUM VITAE                                         


Yale University Ph.D
, 1995
Russian literature; minor in film studies

Ph.D. Dissertation: "The Poetics of Vladimir Nabokov's Short Stories,
with Reference to Anton Chekhov and Ivan Bunin."

Yale University M.A., M.Phil., 1992
Russian Literature

Rutgers University M.A., 1990
Comparative Literature

Brown University B.A., 1989
Comparative Literature, Honors in Literary Translation

Moscow University, 1984-89
Transferred to Brown University upon immigrating to the U.S.A in August 1987


Boston College

Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies
Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures,
with a courtesy appointment in the English Department (since 2000)

Associate Professor
Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures

Assistant Professor
Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures

Connecticut College
Assistant Professor
Department of Russian and East European Studies

Yale University
Teaching Fellow
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Middlebury College
Russian School
Summers: 1991; 1992; 1993; 1994

Indiana University
Visiting Lecturer
Workshop in Slavic Languages
Department of Slavic Languages
Summer 1990

Rutgers University
Department of Slavic Languages

Brown University
Teaching Assistant
Slavic Department


At Boston College, 1996-present


            Undergraduate courses:


Exile and Literature

Jewish Writers in Russia and America

Tolstoy and Dostoevsky


Classics of Russian Literature

Twentieth-Century Russian Literature

Russian and Soviet Cinema

Desire and Death in Literature

Advanced Russian Grammar


            Graduate courses:


The Art and Craft of Literary Translation: Seminar  

Nabokov: Seminar

Chekhov: Seminar

Exile: Seminar

Russian and American Jewish Literature: Seminar

Dostoevsky and Tolstoy: Seminar 

W. H. Auden and the Writing of Exile

Romanticism in Russian Literature: Seminar (in Russian)

Klassicheskaia russkaia literature (Classics of Russian Literature, in Russian)

Russkaia literature XX veka (Twentieth-Century Russian Literature, in  Russian)

Russian Emigré Literature, The First Wave, 1920-1940: Seminar (in Russian)

Advanced Russian Translation and Composition


Other Teaching:


Nonfiction Writing (South Chatham Writers’ Workshop, July 2014)

Introduction to Holocaust Literature (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro [PUC-Rio], Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May-June 2012)

Approaches to Vladimir Nabokov (The Vladimir Nabokov Museum, St. Petersburg,

            Russia, July 2000)

Women’s Time in Russian Literature (Connecticut College, 1996).

Modernism and Postmodernism in the Soviet Period (Connecticut College, 1995)

Russian Literature in Motion (Connecticut College, 1995)

Advanced Russian (Connecticut College, 1995-1996)

Third-Year Russian (Connecticut College, 1995; Yale University, 1992-1994; Middlebury College, summers 1991-1994; Brown University, 1988-1989)

First-Year Russian Rutgers University, 1989-1990)

Russian through Video (Indiana University, summer 1990)


Chair, Department of Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures
Boston College

Founding Co-Director, Jewish Studies Program
Boston College

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures
Boston College
2000-2002; 2003-2004

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures
Boston College




Faculty mentor to Associate Professor Franck Salameh (Boston College), 2005-present.


Faculty mentor to Visiting Professor Rita Filanti (University of Bari, Italy), Spring 2011.

Faculty Mentor to Adjunct Assistant Professor Atef Ghobrial (Boston College), 2013-present.

Faculty Mentor to Visiting Scholar, Associate Professor E. G. Trubetskova (Saratov State University, Russia), November-Decenmber 2015, forthcoming.

Directed over twenty graduate and undergraduate theses and research projects in English, Russian, and Jewish Studies.

Served as external dissertation reader at universities of the Russian Federation.




Research Incentive Grant. Boston College.



Symposium Grant. Dinner with Stalin and Other Stories & the Arts of Translation.

             Institute for the Liberal Arts, Boston College.


Library Research Grant. Boston College Libraries.



Finalist, National Jewish Book Awards (category: Modern Jewish Thought and Experience),

            for Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story



Fellowship. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Research Incentive Grant. Boston College.


Scholar of the Year. Chosen by Forum, a Jewish-Russian American weekly.


The 2009 Distinguished Scholarship Award. Jewish Studies Program, Boston College.

The Faculty Fellowship. Boston College.

The Teaching and Mentoring Grant, Boston College.


The National Jewish Book of the Year in Eastern European Studies (the Ronald S. Lauder Award); Runner-Up in Anthologies and Collections, both for An Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature.

The Research Incentive Grant, Boston College.

The Bogliasco Fellowship in the Humanities, Centro Studi Ligure per le arti e le lettere, Bogliasco, Italy, October-November 2004. The Bogliasco Foundation. 

The Faculty Fellowship. Boston College.

The Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, The Study and Conference Center, Bellagio, Italy. The Rockefeller Foundation. 

The Distinguished Research Award. Boston College. 

80% Sabbatical for 2002-03. Boston College. 


Research Grant for 1998-1999. The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. 

The Research and Travel Grant. The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation.

Short-Term Grant for Visiting Scholars. The Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.

Fellowship for University Teachers for 1998-99. National Endowment for the Humanities.


Center Associate, 1997-presently, Harvard University, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. 

The Research Incentive Grant. Boston College. 

Research and Travel Grant. The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation. 


Short-Term Grant for Visiting Scholars. The Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies. 


The Robert M. Leylan Dissertation Fellowship in Humanities. Yale University.

The Moscow University Academic Exchange Fellowship. Yale University. 

Short-Term Grant for Visiting Scholars. The Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.


The John F. Enders Research Grant. Yale University.

The Peter J. Wallace Memorial Prize for the Best Short Story (co-Recipient). Yale University


The Ford Foundation Odyssey Fellowship for Undergraduate Teaching. Brown University.


Founder and Moderator, Michael B. Kreps Memorial Poetry Readings, Boston College, 1997-present
(12 events conducted).

Chair, Jews of Russia/Eastern Europe Seminar, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, 2015-presently.

Series Editor, Jews of Russia & Eastern Europe: Culture, History, Legacy, Academic Studies Press (Boston, USA), 2014-present.

Chair of the Organizing Committeee, Nabokov Readings 2012; 2013; 2014, Vladimir Nabokov Museum-St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Member, Tenure and Promotion Committee, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Boston College, 2014-present.

Member, Advisory Board, Jewish Studies Program, Boston College, 2004-present.
Member, University Research Council, Boston College, 2003-2006.

Member, Research Incentive Grant Review Board, Boston College, 2013.

Referee, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship for College/University Teachers.

Outside Referee, University of Texas Press, Northwestern University Press, Pennsylvania State University Press, University of South Carolina Press, Rowman & Littlefield, Yale University Press, Lehigh University Press, Rowman & Littlefield, Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, From the Other Shore, Russian Review, Religion and the Arts, Slavic and East European Journal, Slavonic and East European Review, Nabokov Online Journal, Nabokov Studies, New Writing, Canadian Slavonic Papers, Israel Science Foundation, The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and other presses, journals, and foundations.

Consultant Editor for Russia and the former Soviet Union; Member of the Editorial Board, Encyclopedia of Contemporary Jewish Culture, ed. by Sander L. Gilman (London: Routledge, project on hold).

Organizer, Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures Department Celebration, 75th Anniversary of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Boston College, February 2004.

Member, Editorial Board, From the Other Shore, 2001-2004.

Member, Editorial Board, Bee Museum, 2005-2007.

Member, Editorial Board, Knjizevna smotra, 2006-present.

Member, Editorial Board, Nabokovskii sbornik (St. Petersburg), 2010-present.

Member, Editorial Board, The Levantine Review (Boston), 2011-present.

Member, Editorial Board, Izvestiia Saratovskogo universiteta [Annals of Saratov University]. Novaia seriia. Seriia Filologiia. Zhurnalistika. 2013-present.

Member, Board, Millersville University Annual Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide, 2011-present.

Member, International Cooperation Committee, Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), 2008-present.

Member, Bluhm Lecture Committee, Boston College, 1999-2002.

Organizer, Symposium: Dinner with Stalin & Other Stories and the Art of Translation. Boston College, 11 November 2014.

Member At-Large, Program Committee, American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL), 1999-2003.

Member, Publications Committee of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic  and East European Languages (AATSEEL), 1997-2000.

Organizer, Symposium: Dinner with Stalin & Other Stories and the Art of Translation. Boston College, 11 November 2014.
        (Sponsored by the Institute for the Liberal Arts, Boston College.)

Co-Organizer, Jewish Literature, Spring 2006, A Project of the Boston College Jewish Studies Program.

Organizer, Roundtable “Anthologies of Slavic Literature, the 2013 Conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), Boston.

Organizer, Panel, “Recent Cultural and Historical Perspectives on the Holocaust in Eastern Europe and the USSR.” The VIII World Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies. Stockholm, Sweden, July 2010.

Organizer, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures Department Celebration, 75th Anniversary of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, February 2004.

Co-Organizer, Lecture and Presentation by Oleg Dorman, Boston College, 26 April 2010.

Organizer, Roundtable, "Anthologies of Slavic Literatures," the 2013 ASEEES Conference, Boston.

Co-Organizer (with Antony Polonsky), Roundtable, “Anthologies of Jewish Literature,” the 2010 Conference of the Association of Jewish Studies (AJS).

Organizer, Panel, “Recent Cultural and Historical Perspectives on the Holocaust in Eastern Europe and the USSR.” The VIII World Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES). Stockholm, Sweden, July 2010.

Organizer, Panel, “Jewish Writers in Eastern Europe during and after the Shoah,” the 2008 Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS).

Organizer, Panel, "The Jewish Question in Russian Literature," the 1998 Conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS).

Organizer, Panel, "Recent Studies of Nabokov," the 1998 Conference of the New England Slavic Association (NESA).

Organizer and Chair, Panel, "Metaphysics and Sexuality," the 1996 AATSEEL Conference.

Organizer and Chair, Student-Faculty Colloquium "Visual Arts and Theater in the Early Soviet Period," October 1995, Connecticut College.

Organizer, Soviet Film Series "Twilight Freedom," Connecticut College, October 1995.

Organizer, Panel, "Protean Genres: Autobiographical and Epistolary Modes in Russian Prose," the 1994 AAASS Conference.

Co-organizer (with Robert L. Jackson), Dostoevsky Symposium, Spring 1993, Yale University.

Organizer and Chair, Panel, "Romantic Idealism and Romantic Irony in Russia," the 1991 AATSEEL Conference.

Discussant and chair of panels at many international, national, and regional conferences and symposia.

PERSONAL: Born June 5, 1967, Moscow, Russia; naturalized as U.S. citizen in February 1993. 
Married to Karen E. Lasser, MD, MPH.  Two daughters.

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BOOKS, PUBLICATIONS, RESEARCH                                



Bunin i Nabokov. Istoriia sopernichestva. (Bunin and Nabokov. A History of Rivalry). Moscow: Alpina Non-fiction, 2014 (cloth; ebook); 2nd edition 2015.


Reviews and media coverage:

Novosti literatury 2 August 2014; Komsomol’skaia Pravda 14 August 2014; Look at Me 21 August 2014 [chosen among “11 books of August” 2014]; 24 August 2014; Azbuka chteniia. Litobzor s Ol’goi Lebedushkinoi, Radio Kul’tura 96.1 FM, 4 September 2014; Aeroflot October 2014: 50; Forbes Russia [chosen among “25 main cultural events of autumn” 2014]; Liter (Kazakhstan) 11 September 2014; Novosti Peterburga 17 September 2014; ExLibris NG 18 September 2014 [“5 books of the week”]; Ekho Moskvy 29 September 2014; Poridok slov s Nikolaiem Aleksandrovym, OTR (Russian Public Television) 15 October 2014; Feliz 2 (2014); Piat; knig, kotorye stoit poiskat’ na iarmarke [chosen among 5 book at the 2014 non/fictio№ Book Fair in Moscow] Shest’ knizhnykh novinok etoi nedeli [chosen among 6 new books], Rossiiskaia gazeta 25 November 2014; Moi raion 26 November 2014; Nabokov protiv vsekh Interview Russia 27 November 2014; Pishi-chitai 30 November 2014; Komsomol’skaia pravda 3 December 2014; Marie Claire (Russia) Fall 2014 [chosen among top 8 nonfiction books]; Kapital’’ Novosibirskii knizhnyi magazin. Blog 22 December 2014; Kommercheskie vesti (Omsk) 24 December 2014; “Afisha. Knizhnaia lavka,” Radio Kul’tura 5 January 2015; Neproshedshee vremia s Maiei Peshkovoi (Unpast time with Maya Peshkova), Ekho Moskvy 18 January 2014; 19 January 2015; Tallinn 1 (2015); 27 March 2015; Slavic Review 74.3 (Fall 2015); Volltext 2 (2015); Sever 9-10 (2015).

Review articles:


U.R. Bowie in 19 January 2015.


“Iwan Bunin und Vladimir Nabokov. Geschichte einer Rivalität,” by Felix Philipp Ingold. Neue Zürcher Zeitung 22 May 2015.


“Riabchiki kak simvol russkoi literatury” (Hazel Grouses as a Symbol of Russian Literature), by Aleksei Filimonov. Sever 9-10 (2015): 234-236.


Interview and feature article: “Sostiazanie geniev” (Contest of Geniuses), by Tatiana Voltskaya, Radio Svoboda (Radio Liberty),, 8 August 2015.


“Der Fortschriftt am Ende. Literarische Kreativität zwischen ‘Kampf’ und ‘Bastelei,’” by Felix Philipp Ingold. Volltext 2 (2015): 4.

Excerpts featured: Bumaga 28 August 2014; Russkaia planeta 30 August 2014, rpt. Peterburgskaia gazeta 5 September 2014; Afisha-Vozdukh 5 September 2014; [Literatura po piatnitsam] 26 September 2014; rpt. (Kyrgyzstan) 23 October 2014.

Watch a short video about Bunin i Nabokov. Istoriia sopernichestva



Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2013.

Finalist, 2013 National Jewish Book Awards, Modern Jewish Thought and Experience.

Featured book, Jewish Book Council Weekly, 2 December 2013.

Sections of Leaving Russia featured:

My Last Soviet Summer,Moment Magazine Blog 24 March 2014.


Refusenik,” Boston College Magazine (Winter 2014): 45-46.


"The Only Jewish Kid in His Moscow Class: Remembering a Childhood in the Soviet Union." The Jewish Daily Forward 6 December 2013.

"Dunes of Happiness: Fifteen Summers in Estonia," Baltic Worlds 6.2 (September 2013): 41-43.

Croatian Translation: Dne srece: Petnaest godina u Estoniji. Tr. from the English by Adrian Cvitanovic.  Knijizevna Smotra, Special issue: Water. 145.3 (2007):117-128.

Reviews: The Jewish Journal 28 November 2013; Jewish Book World (Winter 2013); Brown Alumni Monthly July/August 2014; The Russian Review 73.4 (October 2014).

Scholarship & criticism: Adrian Wanner, “Writing the Translingual Life: Recent Memoirs and Auto-Fiction by Russian-American and Russian-German Novelists,” L2 Journal 7.1 (2015): 141-151.

View a short video about Leaving Russia

Media coverage of Leaving Russia:

Feature, interview and sample pages in Faculty Publication Highlights, Boston College Libraries  (Fall 2014).

“The Émigré Aesthetic,” by Sandee Bravarsky, The Jewish Week 26 November 2014.

Leaving Russia,” by Irina Misiuro, The Jewish Voice 27 March 2014.

Leaving Russia He Had Learned to Love: Maxim Shrayer Recalls the Many Paradoxes of Life as a Refusenik,” by Johanna Ginsberg,
New Jersey Jewish News
26 March 2014.

Pokidaia Rossiiu: Evreiskaia istoriia” (Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story), by Lea Zeltserman, 5 March 2014.

Avtoportret otkaznika v iunosti” (A Portrait of a Refusenik as a Young Man), by Lea Zeltserman, 24 February 2014.

“Leaving Russia,” by Annette Gendler., 14 February 2014.

“Shrayer’s Memoir Chronicle Exodus from Russia,” by Rebecca Moretti, The BC Heights, 12 December 2013.

Growing Up Refusenik: A Q&S with Maxim Shrayer on His New Memoir,” by Lea Zeltserman, Soviet Samovar 12 December 2013.


"Leaving, and Looking Back," by Rosanne Pellegrini, The Boston College Chronicle 2 December 2013.

"'Leaving Russia' Poignantly Captures Double Life of Refusenik," by Yulia Zhorov, The Jewish Journal 28 November 2013.

"Leaving Russia," by Frau Tutti, 27 September 2013.


I SAW IT: Ilya Selvinsky and the Legacy of Bearing Witness to the Shoah. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2013. (Series: Studies in Russian and Slavic Literatures, Cultures and History.)


Sections of I SAW IT featured:

Ilya Selvinsky and Soviet Shoah Poetry in 1945.” Around the Point: Studies in JewishLiterature and Culture in Multipal Languages. Ed. Hillel Weiss, Roman Katsman and  Ber Kotlerman. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. 566-584.

Il’ia Sel’vinskii i pamiat’ o Shoa vesnoi 1945 goda” (Ilya Selvinsky and Shoah Memory in the Spring of 1945). 30 November 2013.

Il’ia Sel’vinskii, svidetel’ Shoa” (Ilya Selvinsky, Shoah Witness). Novyi mir 4 (2013), 146-166.

Reviews: Choice 51:1 (November 2013); Reference and Research Book News (August 2013); The Jewish Quarterly 60.3-4 (Autumn-Winter 2013); The Russian Review 73.1 (January 2014); Times Literary Supplement 18 April 2014: 25; Slavic Review 73.3 (Fall 2014); Slavic and East European Journal 58.3 (Fall 2014).

Review article: Bruno B. Gomide. “Maxim D. Shrayer. I SAW IT.” Cadernos de língua e literatura Hebraica n. 12 (2015).CACa

View a short 2013 interview about I SAW IT .

Media coverage of I SAW IT

Feature, interview and sample pages in Faculty Publication Highlights, Boston College Libraries  (Summer 2013).

Mirror of the Abyss,” by Katharine Hodgson, Times Literary Supplement 18 April 2014: 25.

“Ia eto videl” (I Saw It), by Grigory Reikhman. Vesti 25 December 2013.
“O voine i Kholokoste” (About the War and Holocaust), by Grigory Reikhman. Novosti nedeli (prilozhenie)15 December 2013.

Remembering,” by Cindy Cantrell, The Boston Globe 15 June 2013, Globe West 6. "Interview with Gennady Katsov,", 8 April 2013; rpt. Evreiskoe slovo 16-22 April 2013, 8-9.

"Remembering a Witness to the Shoah," by Alexandra Lapkin, The Jewish Advocate, 5 April 2013.

"Bearing Witness to the Unthinkable," by Rosanne Pellegrini, Boston College Chronicle 28 March 2013.


Yom Kippur in Amsterdam.  Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2009; Paperback 2012. (Series: Library of Modern Jewish Literature.)

View a short 2011 interview about Yom Kippur in Amsterdam.

To view the author reading from Yom Kippur in Amsterdam on 11 November 2009, go to:

Reviews: Booklist (15 September 2009); Publishers Weekly (8/31/2009); Jewish Week
(09/01/2009); Midwest Book Review 19.11 (November 2009); Jewish Book World Spring 5770/2010; MultiCultural Review 19.1 (Spring 2010); (25 May 2010); Hadassah Magazine (June-July 2010).

Title story reprinted
in: The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of American Jewish Fiction. Ed. by Victoria Aarons, Avinoam J. Patt, and Mark Shechner. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2015. 387-398.
Media coverage of Yom Kippur in Amsterdam:

Interview, (26 May 2010).

Program on "Yom Kippur in Amsterdam" on the Jordan Rich Show, WBZ (Boston), 17 January 2010.

Feature, interview and sample pages in Faculty Publication Highlights, Boston College Libraries  (Spring 2010).

Exploring the odyssey of the Russian émigré Jew: Shrayer’s fiction probes identity, faith,” by Nicole Levy, The Jewish Advocate (5 May 2010): 20.

"Yom Kippur in Amsterdam," Newswise (23 September 2009).

"Ex Libris: Yom Kippur in Amsterdam," by Reid Oslin, Boston College Chronicle (25 September 2009): 7.

“Iom Kippur v Amsterdame: novaia kniga rasskazov Maksima D. Shraera” (Yom Kippur in Amsterdam: A New Story Collection by Maxim D. Shrayer,” Reklama i zhizn’ (Philadelphia) (21 October 2009): 30.

"Words on the Immigrant Experience," by Ellen Kahaner, Maplewood Patch, 8 December 2009.

Scholarhsip & Criticism:

Peter Alfredson, Mercuriality as Muse: Interecting Ideitities in Contemporary Russian-Jewish-American Literature. 2014. Honors Thesis. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Waiting for America: A Story of Emigration.  Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2007; Paperback 2012.

Read an excerpt from the book

View a short 2011 interview about Waiting for America.

To view the author reading from Waiting for America on 28 November 2007, go to Fall 2007 at:

Reviews: Kirkus Reviews (October 2007); Newton Magazine (December 2007),
Brookline Magazine (December 2007), The Providence Journal (16 December 2007), The Boston Globe/Off the Shelf (2 February 2008); Jewish Book World online(Winter 5768/2008); (March 2008); L’Chayim. Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties (August 2008); Shofar 27.1 (Fall 2008).

Sections of Waiting for America were published in Croatian, Japanese, and Russian translation.

Sections of the book were reprinted by Rhode Island Jewish Historical Notes and myStory (, a project of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

Media coverage of Waiting for America:

Russkie idut (The Russians Are Coming), by Sara Azarnova, Novaia zhizn'/New Life, June-July 2009.

Feature, interview and sample pages in Faculty Publication Highlights, Boston College Libraries Newsletter 10.1 (Summer 2008).

"American Productivity," by Linda Matchan, The Boston Globe (15 April 2008); abridged version rpt. as "Soviet Emigré Describes Life between Two Worlds,", 25 May 2008.

"Waiting for America: New Memoir of Emigration from Soviet Russia," Newswise (15 November 2007).

“Waiting for a New World, a New Life,” Boston College Chronicle (15 November 2007: 5).

"Flight from the Soviet Union," by Sam Coale, The Providence Journal (16 December 2007).

Waiting for America: Russian Refugee Adventures in Italy,” by Jonathan Brickman,
Newton Magazine; Brookline Magazine (December 2007).

"From Russia to Rhode Island," by David Mehegan.  The Boston Globe/Off the Shelf (8 February 2008).

"Refuseniks Heading West," by Mimi Schwartz. (March 2008).

“Ia by ves’ svoi russkii iazyk otdal dotla…” (“I would give up my Russian language completely…” 
Interview with Svetlana Kristal.  Novaia zhizn’ No. 324 (March 2009): 8.

Scholarship and criticism:

Helena Gurfinkel, "Men of the World: Diasporic Masculinities in Transit(ion) in Maxim D. Shrayer's Waiting for America: A Story of Emigration,"
Culture, Society, and Masculinity
, 1.2 (2009): 197-212.

Russian translation: В ожидании Америки (V ozhidanii Ameriki). Moscow: Alpina Non-Fiction, 2013.

Knizhechki/Ekho Moskvy 11 December 2012; ExLibris Nezavisimaia gazeta 31 January 2013; 20 February 2013; 5 May 2013; “Vse eshche vperedi!” (The Best Has Yet to Come), by Nika Naliota Novosti literatury 24 June 2013; “’Izgnanie v rai’”: russkii pisatel’ ob emigratsii v Ameriku” (“Refuge in Paradise”: A Russian Writer on Emigration to America), by Anna Plotnikova Golos Ameriki 8 July 2013; “Bedeker i baiki” (Baedeker and Tales), by Evgeny Belodubrovsky, Nezavisimaia gazeta 19 September 2013; Knizhnyi razval-2, 28 July 2014.

Sections featured in: “Uletaiushchii Fleitist” (A Flautist in Flight), 15 November 2012; “La Famiglia Soloveitchik” ExLibris Nezavisimaia gazeta 15 November 2012; “V ozhidanii Ameriki” 30 November 2012; “V ozhidanii Ameriki” 12 December 2012; “V ozhidanii Ameriki” Novosti literatury 1 July 2013; “V ozhidanii Nabokova” Poberezh’e 21 (2012): 191-194.

: Zametki po evreiskoi istoii 11-12 (180) 2014; Krugozor (May 2014); Russkii zhurnal (29 November 2012; rpt.; Russian Book World/The Voice of Russia 25 February 2013; Okno v Rossiiu (Window onto Russia)/The Voice of Russia 11 April 2013; "Opyt emigratsii," Arkheologiia (Archeology) with Sergei Medvedev, FINAM-FM, 30 July 2013; Golos Ameriki (Voice of Ameriki) 8 July 2013.
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An Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature: Two Centuries of Dual Identity in Prose and Poetry.  1801-2001.  2 vols.  Edited, selected, cotranslated
and with introductory essays by Maxim D. Shrayer.  Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2007.

Winner, 2007 National Jewish Book of the Year Award in Eastern European Studies (Ronald S. Lauder Award); Runner-Up in Anthologies and Collections

Choice's Outstanding Book, 2007.

To view a panel discussion of and reading from An Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature, go to:

Reviews: Choice 44.11 (July 2007); The Jewish Daily Forward, 5 July 2007, Boston College Magazine (Summer 2007); Jewish Book World (Fall 5767/2007); East European Jewish Affairs 38.1 (April 2008), East European Jewish Affairs 38.2 (August 2008); Slavic and East European Journal (Summer 2008); Shofar 27.1 (Fall 2008); Canadian Slavonic Papers 52.1-2 (March-June 2010).

Media coverage of the Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature:

"Maxim D. Shrayer is the Curator of Lost Voices," by Boris Fishman, Boston College Magazine (Summer 2007).

"Muchitel'noe pravo--liubit'...(A tortuous right--to love....)."  Vitaly Amoursky in conversation with Maxim  D. Shrayer. Deribasovskaia-Rishil'evskaia: Odesskii al'manakh, 29 (2007).

"Book Explores Diversity of Jewish-Russian Literature," Boston College Chronicle (29 March 2007).

"Neither and Both," by Joshua Cohen, The Jewish Daily Forward, 5 July 2007.

Feature, Interview, and Sample Pages, in Faculty Publication Highlights, Boston College Libraries Newsletter 8.3 (Summer 2007).

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Maxim D. Shrayer, David Shrayer-Petrov. Genrikh Sapgir: Klassik avangarda (Genrikh Sapgir: Avant-Garde Classic). St. Petersburg: Dmitrij Bulanin, 2004.

Reviews: Kriticheskaia massa 3 (2004); Ex Libris  2 December 2004: 1; Radio Mayak (Moscow) 6 December 2004; 6 December 2004; Novyi mir 4 (2005); Znamia 6 (2005); Slavonic and East European Review 83.4 (2005); Australian Slavonic and East European Studies 19.1-2 (2005); The Russian Review 65.1 (January 2006).

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Nabokov: temy i variatsii (
Nabokov: Themes and Varitions).  St. Petersburg: Akademicheskii proekt [Academic Project], 2000.


Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie 49 (2001), Maxim D. Shrayer responds in ZEMBLA News; Kyritsyn Weekly; Ex Libris July 2001;  Novyi mir 4 (2001);  The Slavonic and East European Review 80.3 (2002); The Slavic and East European Journal 46.1 (Spring 2002): Canadian Slavonic Papers 45.1-2 (March-June 2003): 260-263; Nabokov Online Journal 3 (2009).

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Russian Poet/Soviet Jew: The Legacy of Eduard Bagritskii (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).

Reviews and Media Coverage:

"A Riddle of Art and Identity," by Sean Smith, Boston College Chronicle (5 October 2000).

"A Russian Poet's 'Discourse' with His Jewish Identity," by Richard Chess, The Jewish Daily Forward (30 March 2001).

Choice, 38.8 (April 2001); The Jewish Chronicle (London), 3 August 2001; The Modern Language Review 97.4 (October 2002); Slavonica 8.2 (2002); The Slavic and East European Journal 46.2 (Summer 2002); Prooftexts 24.3 (Fall 2004).

"The Path of a Russian-Jewish Writer," by David Shneer (H-Russia, February 2002). 

Review articles:

“’My Judaic Pride Sang’: Eduard Bagritskii and the Making of Soviet Jewish Identity,” by Marat Grinberg.  East European Jewish Affairs 32.2 (Winter 2002): 108-113. 

 "Apropos Bagritsky and the Russian-Jewish Question," by Gregory Freidin. The Russian Review 62 (July 2003): 446-49.  Maxim D. Shrayer responds: "...He was a wise man, conjoining a member of the Komsomol with Ben Akiva": A Reply to Gregory Freidin.  The Russian Review 62.4 (October 2003): 669-671.

“The Jew in the Poet,” by Boris Czerny. Jews in Russia and Eastern Europe 1 [56] (2006): 131-137.


The World of Nabokov's Stories. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1998; Paperback 2000.

Choice's Outstanding Book of the Year, 1999.


"Nabokov in Exile," by Sean Smith, Boston College Chronicle (18 February 1999).

An on-line version of chapter 2, section 4, is availbale on ZEMBLA, the Vladimir Nabokov website; see under "For Nabokovians/Criticism."

Borger News-Herald 23 March 1999; Library Journal, March 1999;  Choice, June 1999; Review of Contemporary Fiction, summer 1999; The Russian  Review 58.4 (October 1999); Krug 1.1 (September 1999); 4 (1999); The Slavonic and East European Review 78.1 (January 2000); Literaturnoe obozrenie 4 (1999); Slavic and East European Journal 44.1 (Spring 2000); Slavonica 6.1 (1999-2000); The  North American Chekhov Society Bulletin IX.1 (Spring 2000); Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie 42 (2000), Slavic Review 59.3 (Fall 2000); Nabokov Studies 6 (2001); The Modern Language Review 96.4 (2001); Nabokov Online Journal 3 (2009).

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Niukhèivenskie sonety (New Haven Sonets).  Providence: APKA Publishers, 1998. 

To view an electronic version of Ньюхэйвенские сонеты, go to:


Amerikanskii romans (American Romance).  Moscow: Russlit, 1994.

To view an electronic version of Американский романс,  go to:


Tabun nad lugom (Herd above the Meadow).  New York: Gnosis Press, 1990.

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Dinner with Stalin and Other Stories
, by David Shrayer-Petrov. Edited, with notes and commentary, by Maxim D. Shrayer. Syracuse:
Syracuse University Press, 2014 (cloth; ebook). (The Library of  Modern Jewish Literature.)
Runner-up, the 2014 Edward Lewish Wallant Award.