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These fourteen stories by the acclaimed master of Jewish-Russian fiction are set in the former USSR, Western Europe, and America. Dinner with Stalin features Soviet Jews grappling with issues of identity, acculturation, and assimilation. Shrayer-Petrov explores aspects of antisemitism and persecution, problems of mixed marriages, dilemmas of conversion, and the survival of Jewish memory. Both an author and a physician, Shrayer-Petrov examines his subjects through the double lenses of medicine and literature. He writes about Russian Jews who, having suffered in the former Soviet Union, continue to cultivate their sense of cultural Russianness, even as they—and especially their children—assimilate and increasingly resemble American Jews. Shrayer-Petrov’s stories also bear witness to the ways Jewish immigrants from the former USSR interact with Americans of other identities and creeds, notably with Catholics and Moslems. Not only lovers of Jewish and Russian writing but all discriminating readers will delight in Dinner with Stalin and Other Stories.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover and Front Flap
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. About the authors
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Behind the Zoo Fence
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. A Russian Liar in Paris
  2. pp. 23-32
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  1. White Sheep on a Green Mountain Slope
  2. pp. 33-45
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  1. Round-the-Globe Happiness
  2. pp. 46-64
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  1. A Storefront Window of Miracles
  2. pp. 65-75
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  1. Mimicry
  2. pp. 76-91
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  1. Where Are You, Zoya?
  2. pp. 92-103
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  1. Alfredick
  2. pp. 104-119
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  1. Dinner with Stalin
  2. pp. 120-134
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  1. The Valley Of Hinnom
  2. pp. 135-156
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  1. Mimosa Flowersfor Grandmother’s Grave
  2. pp. 157-168
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  1. The House Of Edgar Allan Poe
  2. pp. 169-186
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  1. Trubetskoy, Raevsky,Masha Malevich, andthe Death of Mayakovsky
  2. pp. 187-205
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  1. The Bicycle Race
  2. pp. 206-224
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  1. Notes and Commentaryon the Stories
  2. pp. 225-260
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  1. About the Translators
  2. pp. 261-262
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  1. Back Flaps and Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815652786
Related ISBN
9780815610335
MARC Record
OCLC
880638980
Pages
376
Launched on MUSE
2014-07-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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