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Maxim D. Shrayer was born in Moscow in 1967 to a Jewish-Russian family. With his parents, Emilia Shrayer and David Shrayer-Petrov, he spent almost nine years as a refusenik and immigrated to the United States in 1987, after spending a summer in Austria and Italy.

Shrayer has studied at Moscow University, Brown, Rutgers, and received his PhD at Yale in 1995. He is currently Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College, where he co-founded the Jewish Studies Program in 2005. Shrayer has published more than fifteen books of nonfiction, biography and criticism, fiction, translations, and poetry. Among Shrayer's books are the acclaimed critical studies The World of Nabokov's Stories, Russian Poet/Soviet Jew, Genrikh Sapgir (co-authored with D. Shrayer-Petrov), I SAW IT, and Bunin and Nabokov, which was a bestseller in Russia. He has edited and co-translated from Russian three books of fiction by his father, writer David Shrayer-Petrov. For additional information on Shrayer's academic work, please visit his Boston College site.

Shrayer has been the recipient of a number of fellowships, including those from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Bogliasco Foundation. He won a 2007 National Jewish Book Award for his two-volume Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature. In 2012, Shrayer received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on poets as witnesses to the Shoah.

A bilingual author and translator, Shrayer is the author of the memoirs Waiting for America: A Story of Emigration and Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story; a collection of stories, Yom Kippur in Amsterdam; and, most recently, the nonfiction book With or Without You. For a complete list of available publications, please visit his Amazon page, and for information on his publications in Russian, visit his Russian-language page. Shrayer’s works have been translated into Croatian, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Slovak and other languages.

Shrayer enjoys reading from his literary works and also lectures for the general public on topics ranging from the Shoah in the USSR to the legacy of the refusenik movement. For more information, please contact him.

Maxim D. Shrayer lives in Brookline and South Chatham, Massachusetts, with his wife, Dr. Karen E. Lasser, and their daughters, Mira Isabella and Tatiana Rebecca.