Autumn In Yalta: A Novel And Three Stories by David Shraer-petrovAutumn In Yalta: A Novel And Three Stories by David Shraer-petrov

Autumn In Yalta: A Novel And Three Stories

byDavid Shraer-petrov

Hardcover | April 30, 2006

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The powerful voice of David Shrayer-Petrov's immigrant fiction blends Russian, Jewish, and American traditions. Collecting an autobiographical novel and three short stories, Autumn in Yalta brings together the achievements of the great Russian masters Chekhov and Nabokov and the magisterial Jewish and American storytellers Bashevis Singer and Malamud. Shrayer-Petrov's fiction examines the forces and contradictions of love through different ethnic, religious, and social lenses. Set in Stalinist Russia, the novel Strange Danya Rayev revolves around the wartime experiences of a Jewish Russian boy evacuated from his besieged native Leningrad to a remote village in the Ural Mountains. In the title story Autumn in Yalta, the idealistic protagonist, Dr. Samoylovich, is sent to a Siberian prison camp because of his ill-fated love for Polechka, a tuberculosis patients. In The Love of Akira Watanabe once again unrequited love is the focus of the central character, a displaced Japanese professor at a New England university. A fishing expedition and an old Jewish recipe make for a surprise ending in Carp for the Gefilte Fish, a tale of a childless couple from Belarus and their American employers. In the tradition of other physician-writers, such as Anton Chekhov and William Carlos Williams, Shrayer-Petrov's prose is marked by analytical exactitude and passionate humanism. Love and memory, dual identity, and the experience of exile are the chief components.
Title:Autumn In Yalta: A Novel And Three StoriesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:235 pages, 8.68 × 6.34 × 0.91 inPublished:April 30, 2006Publisher:Syracuse University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0815608209

ISBN - 13:9780815608202

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"As long as there have been writers who offend power, there have been exiled writers. David Shrayer-Petrov, author of the rich and varied short stories in the collection titled Jonah and Sarah, belongs to that mournful and honorable tradition. . . . The ghost of Pushkin puts in an appearance, Chekhov and Tolstoy flit by, and the attentive reader may sense the spirit of the master of the genre, Isaac Babel, hovering over every page."