Maxim D. Shrayer: Letters to a Jewish Muse
LETTERS TO A JEWISH MUSE: THE LIFE OF VLADIMIR NABOKOV AND VÉRA SLONIM AS LITERATURE AND HISTORY
Date: March 05, 2018 - Monday
Venue: England Hall, Conference Center, Hongkou Campus
The captivating story of Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) and Véra Nabokov (née Slonim, 1902-1991)—a story of love, marriage and mutual enrichment—begins in Berlin in the early 1920s and unfolds on two continents and in five languages. In his lecture the American author and scholar Maxim D. Shrayer, author of the international bestseller Bunin and Nabokov: A History of Rivalry, will touch on key questions of Jewish, Russian, and American culture and history. Based on archival materials, Shrayer's lecture will focus on the dynamics of the so-called mixed marriages, as well as the boundaries of modern Jewish culture.
Maxim D. Shrayer, a bilingual author, scholar and translator, is a professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College and Director of the Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry at Harvard's Davis Center. Born in Moscow in 1967 to a writer’s family, Shrayer emigrated to the United States in 1987. He has authored fifteen books in English and Russian, among them the internationally acclaimed memoirs “Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story” and “Waiting for America: A Story of Emigration,” the story collection “Yom Kippur in Amsterdam,” and the Holocaust study “I SAW IT.” Shrayer’s “Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature” won a 2007 National Jewish Book Award, and in 2012 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Visit Shrayer’s website at www.shrayer.com