Boston College Faculty Publication Highlight: "Leaving Russia: a Jewish Story" by Maxim D. Shrayer, PhD

This post originally appeared on the Boston College Faculty Publication Highlights website.

"Leaving Russia: a Jewish Story" is a memoir of coming of age and struggling to leave the USSR. Shrayer chronicles the triumphs and humiliations of a Soviet childhood and expresses the dreams and fears of a Jewish family that never gave up its hopes for a better life. This is a searing account of the KGB’s persecution of refuseniks, a poet’s rebellion against totalitarian culture, and Soviet fantasies of the West during the Cold War. Shrayer's remembrances are set against a rich backdrop of politics and ethnic conflict on the brink of the Soviet empire's collapse.

View Boston College's discussion with Maxim D. Shrayer, PhD, on "Leaving Russia: a Jewish Story" here.