0We continue discussing books that deal with the themes of exile, writing and memory. Today we speak to Maxim D.Shrayer the author of a literary memoir called "Waiting for America, A Story of Emigration"
0Maxim and his extended family left the Soviet Union in 1987. In the 1970s and 1980s tens of thousands of emigrants from the Soviet Union, most of them Jews, would spend several months in transition in Vienna, Rome and smaller Italian towns waiting to enter Israel, Canada, the United States or Australia.
0Many of them were so called 'refuseniks' who had to wait for the exit visa for years and most of them had no hope of ever being able to visit friends and relatives they left behind. What Makes Maxim D.Shrayer’s memoir stand out is the author’s gift for atmospheric description and his great sense of humor. Among other things ‘Waiting for America’ is an eloquent tribute to youth, family and something that perhaps has distinguished emigrants of all times: resilience, resourcefulness and hope.