From Publishers Weekly
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 SegalCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved