Yom Kippur in Amsterdam


Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press; The Library of Modern Jewish Literature, 2009.

Maxim D. Shrayer, Professor, Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures and English Department

The eight stories in this collection explore emotionally intricate relationships that cross traditional boundaries of ethnicity, religion, and culture. Tracing the lives, obsessions, and aspirations of Jewish-Russian immigrants, these poignant, humorous, and tender stories create an expansive portrait of individuals struggling to come to terms with ghosts of their European pasts while simultaneously seeking to build new lives in their American present.

Yom Kippur in Amsterdam takes the immigrant narrative into the twenty-first century. Emerging from the traditions of Isaac Babel, Vladimir Nabokov, and Isaac Bashevis Singer, Shrayer’s vibrant literary voice significantly contributes to the evolution of Jewish writing in America.

Yom Kippur in Amsterdam


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