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This deeply moving collection by Russian-American writer and medical scientist Shrayer-Petrov includes three short stories and the autobiographical novel Strange Danya Rayev, detailing a young Jewish boy's memories of evacuation during WWII. Varied in scope, ranging from a doctor's doomed love and exile to a Siberian prison camp, to a Japanese professor's love for an American woman, these haunting stories evidence a past teeming with tradition and struggle, told in beautiful, inventive prose.
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When the opening lines of a fictional work place it in Europe in 1936, and the protagonist is a Jewish boy with an idyllic life, one can be forgiven for feeling apprehensive. Fortunately, nothing terrible comes to pass in the short novel "Strange Danya Rayev." In fact, what follows is a fascinating look at a little explored experience--Russians evacuated from cities during World War II. The expository style of this autobiographical novel leaves one wanting a little more detail and emotion. Also included in this collection are three short stories; there, the writing style varies, but the themes of love and exile remain intact. An afterword by Shrayer-Petrov's son and translator, as well as endnotes on items of historical and cultural importance, will make this volume interesting to both students and casual readers. Marta Segal
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Product Details

  • Series: Library of Modern Jewish Literature
  • Hardcover: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press (April 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815608209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815608202
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,815,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alexa G. on May 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'd first learned about David Shrayer-Petrov and his work from reading his wonderful collection "Jonah and Sarah." His writings are a revelation to Jews in North America, and his voice reminds me of, on the one hand, Bernard Malamud, and, on the other, of Chekhov. I read Shrayer-Petrov's novel "Strange Danya Rayev" from "Autumn in Yalta" over the weekend, breathlessly, and I loved the three stories in the new book just as much. I'm recommending the book to all my friends and colleagues, and also to my book club. I wish more books about the Jewish experience and about the immigrant experience were as beautifully written as this one. Alexa G., civil servant, Philadelphia, PA.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Veronika Danilevskaya on May 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'm a native speaker of Russian who is very sensitive to the way Russian literature gets translated into English. I had been familiar with the fiction of David Shrayer-Petrov and I own several of his Russian books, so I picked up "Autumn in Yalta" in order to compare the originals and the English translations. I'm very happy to report that the translators have done a superb job. Reading this moving novel and excellent stories in English, I felt transported to the atmosphere of their originals, although I was now experiencing these works in English translation. A great job, very highly recomended.
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