Book Review: I Saw It

I Saw It: Ilya Selvinsky and the Legacy of Bearing Witness to the Shoah by Maxim D. Shrayer was reviewed in the latest Slavic Review, vol. 73, no. 3 (Fall 2014). Reviewer Marina Aptekman (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) writes: “Shrayer presents an important Soviet poet who until recently remained virtually unknown in the west. Furthermore, his main thesis. . .is grounds for future discussion of what texts should be included in the canon of twentieth-century Russian Jewish literature and whether Selvinskii can indeed be considered a poet of the Shoah. Last but not least, the brilliant translations of Selvinskii’s poems will make a perfect addition to relevant course reading lists.”