This Slavic Colloquium lecture investigates a number of sources for the principal characters and themes of Vladimir Nabokov’s Pnin, one of the first American novels about Shoah memory.
Prof. Maxim D. Shrayer, a translingual author, scholar, and translator, is Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College. He also directs the Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry at Harvard's Davis Center. Prof. Shrayer has authored over fifteen books of criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, among them the memoir Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story, the collection of novellas A Russian Immigrant, the Holocaust study I SAW IT, the double biography Bunin and Nabokov: A History of Rivalry, and the anthology Voices of Jewish-Russian Literature. His works have been translated into nine languages. Shrayer won a 2007 National Jewish Book Award, and in 2012 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. For more information visit his website at www.shrayer.com.