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Maxim D. Shrayer's LEAVING RUSSIA Book Trailer 2013

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Published on Dec 24, 2013

Watch the book trailer for "LEAVING RUSSIA: A Jewish Story" by Maxim D. Shrayer
Cloth 978-0-8156-1024-3 Ebook 978-0-8156-5243-4

"Leaving Russia adds color to the black and white world forced on Jews in the old Soviet Union. In this book, Shrayer describes an emotional journey—not just from Russia to America, but from spiritual darkness into light. The book also explains why Jews felt forced to leave a country they loved, when it grew clear that country would never, could never, love them in return."
—Wyatt Andrews, CBS News National Correspondent

"An exquisite memoir. . . . An unforgettable first-person account of Jewish life and Jewish suffering during the final years of Russian Communism."
—Jonathan D. Sarna, author of "When General Grant Expelled the Jews"

"Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story" by Maxim D. Shrayer 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. 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. Shrayer's remembrances are set against a rich backdrop of politics, travel and ethnic conflict on the brink of the Soviet empire's collapse. His moving story offers generous doses of humor and tenderness, counterbalanced with longing and violence. "Leaving Russia" is a love story in which a young Jew's love is unrequited and his heart is forever broken by his homeland. For more information, visit www.shrayer.com

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