Many of us know Maxim Shrayer as the author of "The World of Nabokov's Short Stories"--an excellent study of VN as a short story writer. Fewer are aware that Maxim's father, David Shrayer-Petrov, is a gifted and much published writer of Russian stories and novellas who brought his family to the US in 1987. He continues the Chekhov tradition of the Russian physician-writer. The title story of his  latest book "Autumn in Yalta" (Syracuse U.P)  echoes VN's "Spring in Fialta" and plays upon upon the original in interesting ways. Maxim Shrayer appends an informative essay on family and literary history.
D. Barton Johnson

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