I am an Assistant Professor in the department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, and in the Program in Jewish Studies, at the University of Colorado Boulder.
I received my Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Harvard and taught at Tufts, Lafayette College, and Rutgers University before landing in Boulder.
- My long review essay on several new novels by Soviet-born emigre Jewish writers, "Russian Jewish American Lit Goes Boom!" (Tablet Magazine, June 17, 2014)
- My essay "Crimean Crisis Revives a Classic Soviet Jewish Joke" on the return of Rabinovich, a classic hero of the Soviet Jewish joke (Tablet Magazine, April 1. 2014)
- My review of Gary Shteyngart's memoir, Little Failure (Tablet Magazine, Jan. 6, 2014)
- My op-ed, "Goodbye, Lenin?" on the fall of Lenin's statue in Kiev during the ongoing protests there (The International New York Times, December 9, 2013)
- My essay on Snowden and the airport where he is stuck and from which I emigrated, "Stuck in Sheremetyevo" The New Yorker's Page-Turner blog, July 9, '13)
This is the first complete English-language translation of a classic of Yiddish literature, one of the great comic novels of the twentieth century. Moyshe Kulbak's The Zelmenyaners describes the travails of a Jewish family in Minsk that is torn asunder by the new Soviet reality. Four generations are depicted in riveting and often uproarious detail as they face the profound changes brought on by the demands of the Soviet regime and its collectivist, radical secularism. The resultant intergenerational showdowns—including disputes over the introduction of electricity, radio, or electric trolley—are rendered with humor, pathos, and a finely controlled satiric pen. Moyshe Kulbak, a contemporary of the Soviet Jewish writer Isaac Babel, picks up where Sholem Aleichem left off a generation before, exploring in this book the transformation of Jewish life. Translated by Hillel Halkin; Critical Introduction and Notes by Sasha Senderovich.
Press about the book:
Press about the book:
- Interview with me by Mikhail Krutikov in The Yiddish Forward (1/31/2013)
- Review by Mikhail Krutikov in The Yiddish Forward (2/4/2013)
- Review by Rokhl Kafrissen for the Jewish Book Council (2/15/2013)
- Review by Ezra Glinter in The Forward (2/20/2013)
- Review by Bryan Cheyette in The Times Literary Supplement (5/24/2013)
- Podcast (41 minutes long) produced by the Yiddish Book Center (6/4/2013)
- Review by Sonia Isard on The Jewniverse (6/23/2014)