Marat Grinberg

Marat Grinberg is professor of Russian and comparative literature at Reed College. His essays and reviews have appeared in the LA Review of Books, Tablet, Cineaste, and Commentary.

The Special Sway Dostoevsky Held over Soviet Jewish Minds

Why Russian Jews believed that reading Dostoevsky would legitimize their place in Russian culture and protect them from accusations of being interlopers.

Dec. 22 2023 12:01AM

Yiddish Cinema Beyond the Shtetl

The Jewish Soul: Classics of Yiddish Cinema, a recent collection from a major distributor, adds to the canon of Jewish movies in fascinating new ways.

April 19 2021 12:01AM

The Stubbornly Jewish Worldview of the Soviet-Era Writer Friedrich Gorenstein

Gorenstein is best-known for his film scripts, written for Andrei Tarkovsky and others. Now, recently published in English for the first time, his own voice can be heard.

March 5 2019 12:01AM

The Daring Strugatsky Brothers, Practitioners of Outwardly Soviet, Covertly Jewish Science Fiction

Deified by their Soviet readers, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky are beginning to find increasing numbers of readers in America.

March 22 2018 12:01AM