Boston symposium to celebrate first U.S. publication of emblematic refusenik novel

Doctor Levitin, a 1980 novel by David Shrayer-Petrov, is a literary tribute to the experiences of hundreds of thousands of Soviet Jews who were denied permission to emigrate from the USSR and simultaneously faced years of persecution for their desire to leave. Unpublishable in Russia until the collapse of the Soviet Union, the novel has since been released in three separate Russian editions. It is now being published in English translation for the first time thanks to Maxim D. Shrayer and his co-translators, Arna B. Bronstein and Aleksandra Fleszar.