Mikhail Krutikov's book on Der Nister will serve an important function, offering a strong, well-researched, and well-organized analysis of six significant periods in Der Nister's writing. I expect it to inspire a great many new readers of Der Nister, inside and outside of academia."
Amelia M. Glaser, author of Jews and Ukrainians in Russia's Literary Borderlands: From the Shtetl Fair to the Petersburg Bookshop
Among Soviet Yiddish writers, Der Nister occupies a unique place in literary history. Mikhail Krutikov's meticulous analysis follows the transformation of the writer under the pressure of the Soviet ideological environment."
Gennady Estraikh, author of Yiddish in the Cold War