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Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story [Hardcover]

Maxim D. Shrayer

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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press (30 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815610246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815610243
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 3 cm

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a story by Dr. Shrayer!!!! Highly recommended! 23 Mar 2014
By Natalya Loseva - Published on Amazon.com
This is an incredible story by Maxim Shrayer. I'm originally from Russia and only a year junior of Maxim and although my family was not an official "refusnik" family we had to wait 11 years to leave Russia. This story is close to my heart! I've always had trouble answering my american-born friends a simple question: WHY DID YOU LEAVE RUSSIA?! I thought that it was impossible to explain the absurdities of the Soviet past to a civilized person. Maxim did an outstanding job of answering this question with such passion, eloquence and knowledge! It's a great story of young man showing his character, perseverance and will! We see how this young man is torn between love for the Russian culture and hatred towards the mind-boggling absurdities of the Soviet regime. It's a story of a young boy becoming a man with deeply rooted convictions! This is a story of great family ties, friendship and love. You will enjoy this book very much! Ironically, It will also give a better understanding of today's Russia, especially in a light of what is happening right now. Thank you Maxim!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Memoir of Life as a Refusenik in the Soviet Union 24 Feb 2014
By Steve N. - Published on Amazon.com
Maxim Shrayer, the author of Leaving Russia, spent his teenage years crossing the usual thresholds of adolescence - but during these years he was also a refusenik. His family was targeted by the government due to their intention to emigrate. This situation added mystery and peril to things that should have been routine. In addition, Shrayer was a budding writer, so this is also a story of artistic awakening and aspiration.

Beautifully written, and including a generous amount of photos, Leaving Russia fleshes out the details of what everyday life was like for refuseniks in the the Soviet Union.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strength and Perserverance! A good read! 4 Dec 2013
By Judith Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
Max tells us about his life in Russia. The fact that Russia sees Jew as a nationality and not a religion, was news to me. How devastating to have to live in fear because you are known to be a Jew. I am a Jew living in Madison, WI. my family came from Russia. Hearing Max's tale opens my eyes and heart to what life was like (and still is) for the Jewish population.

Max, you are a brilliant man. You are strong. To have dreams and then have to change gears just to stay in school so you wouldn't have to go into the military and put your heart and soul into your university life, is quite admirable.

I enjoyed learning about the ways of Russia. I enjoyed learning about a life firsthand. A Jewish life.

The only thing missing from this book is how you, Max, met your wife. A chapter about your dates and wedding and then birth of your children would have been amazing to read about. It would have culminated what your dreams were and still are today. Why isn't it in the book? Why did you spend so much time writing about your great grandparents and leave this out? I kept reading until the end, hoping to hear about your happiness with the one you married.

Yes, I enjoyed your book. Yes, I would recommend it.

Thank you for writing your story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a heartbreaking memoir of hope, love and loss 13 April 2014
By Elvira Polansky - Published on Amazon.com
To the best of my knowledge, this is the first nonfictional book in English to offer a comprehensive, detailed, personal history of growing up a Jew in the post-World War 2 Soviet Union. I especially liked that this is simultaneously a refusenik historical memoir and a beautifully, evocatively written account of daily life in the Soviet Empire. This book has a lot of relevance to the present-day Jewish life in North America and Israel as there are so many ex-Soviet Jews living there. Shrayer writes with power, conviction, and a deep feeling for what's at stake in the life of a young person. A double life and a double pleasure. Highly recommended.
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