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Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story (Library of…
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Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story (Library of Modern Jewish Literature)

by Maxim Shrayer

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A detailed account of a refusenik's family's struggle to emigrate from Russia set in 1970s and 1980s Moscow and beyond, well-written and great for readers interested in the subject. It also works well as a slice of Russian life and coming of age story.
Full review: http://www.bostonbibliophile.com/2016/02/review-leaving-russia-jewish-story-by.h... ( )
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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. Narrated in the tradition of Tolstoy’s confessional trilogy and Nabokov’s autobiography, 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.

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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. Narrated in the tradition of Tolstoy's confessional trilogy and Nabokov's autobiography, 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.… (more)

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