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Jonah and Sarah: Jewish Stories of Russia and America (The Library of Modern Jewish Literature) Hardcover – October 1, 2003

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  • Series: The Library of Modern Jewish Literature
  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr (Sd); 1 edition (October 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815607644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815607649
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 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: #3,232,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is Shrayer-Petrov's seventeenth book and the twentieth in Syracuse University's Library of Modern Jewish Literature series. The author writes that these 13 stories bear testimony to 16 years of "setting roots in my new country." Almost half of the stories were written before 1987, when he and his family emigrated from the Soviet Union to the U.S. Spanning two decades of Jewish themes and characters, this collection retrospectively showcases about one-third of Shrayer-Petrov's short fiction. Three of the stories deal with love and marriage between Jews and Gentiles. Others concern such topics as anti-Semitism, totalitarianism, love, and alienation. Powerfully inventive and haunting, these are works of stunning imagination from a profoundly gifted storyteller. George Cohen
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A brilliant writer now among us, [Shrayer-Petrov] is worthy of continued attention. -- The Providence Journal January 11, 2004

[T]he attentive reader may sense the spirit of the master of the genre, Isaac Babel, hovering over every page. -- The Boston Globe 28 November 2003

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Leland on December 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have just completed reading this collection of short stories and am moved by their sheer beauty and powerful message. Shrayer is a first rate literary artist, and it is so wonderful that his author son, Maxim, was able to translate them so the English speaking world could benefit from their aesthetic power. It would have been a shame if Shrayer's stories had not made it to the west, because they have so many compelling and exquisite things to say about being human under extraordinary circumstances. This is a book that deserves a wide readership. Rarely does a work of literature strike as many high notes as this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Philip on November 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought "Jonah and Sarah" based on a positive review I read and I enjoyed this collection a great deal. The short stories are moving and offer fascinating perspectives on Jewish life in the Soviet Union, immigration and Jewish émigrés in America. The translations are superb. What makes the collection special is that it was edited by the author's son and is a labor of love. I recommend it highly. I think it would make a great holiday gift!
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