Finalist of the 2013 National Jewish Book Award (USA)
The bilingual author and scholar Maxim D. Shrayer was born in Moscow, in 1967, to a Jewish-Russian family, and spent almost nine years as a refusenik. He and his parents, the writer and doctor David Shrayer-Petrov and the translator Emilia Shrayer, left the USSR and immigrated to the United States in 1987, after spending a summer in Austria and Italy. Shrayer attended Moscow University, Brown University, Rutgers University and received a Ph.D. at Yale University in 1995. He is Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College, where he co-founded the Jewish Studies Program, and an associate at Harvard University's Davis Center.
Shrayer has authored and edited over ten books of criticism, biography, non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and translation, among them the critical studies The World of Nabokov's Stories and Russian Poet/Soviet Jew. He is the author of the acclaimed literary memoirs Waiting for America: A Story of Emigration and Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story (finalist of the 2013 National Jewish Book Award), and of the story collection Yom Kippur in Amsterdam. He has also edited and co-translated three books of fiction by his father, David Shrayer-Petrov, for the Library of Modern Jewish Literature. Shrayer won a 2007 National Jewish Book Award for his two-volume Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature, and in 2012 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Shrayer's book I Saw It: Ilya Selvinsky and the Legacy of Bearing Witness to the Shoah appeared in 2013. His new book, Bunin and Nabokov: A History of Rivalry, was published in 2014 in Moscow and became a best-seller.
Maxim D. Shrayer is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, including those from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Bogliasco Foundation. He lectures widely on topics ranging from the legacy of the refusenik movement and the experience of ex-Soviet Jews in America to Shoah literature and Jewish-Russian culture.
Shrayer lives in Massachusetts with his wife and their two daughters. In 2014 Shrayer and his wife cofounded the South Chatham Writers' Workshop, of which Shrayer serves as Artistic Director.
For more information, visit Shrayer's literary website at www.shrayer.com