Research Areas

Behavioral Characteristics of Women Surviving Under Pressure of the Holocaust, Wars, the Police States, Ethnic Prejudice, or Everyday Life; Analysis of Events in Rus- sia and Former Republics of the USSR


Ph.D., Leningrad University

M.S., Leningrad Mining Institute


Leaving Leningrad - UPNE, Amazon

Brodsky: A Personal Memoir - Baskerville Publishers, Amazon

Bye Bye Leningrad

Beyond the Looking Glass

The Russian Blues

I Dodici Collegi at Sellerio Editore

I Dodici Collegi at ItaliaDVD

Brodsy, 1st Edition

Brodsky, 2nd Edition

Brodsky, 3rd Edition

Dovlatov: My Good Buddy

Under the Signs of the Four


Magazine "7 Iskusstv" (in Russian)

"We left to obtain freedom," Global Jewish Online Center (in Russian)

Reviews of Brodsky

Ludmila Shtern

Ludmila Shtern

Ludmila Shtern

Born, raised and educated in Leningrad, USSR, Ludmila Shtern worked as a Senior Research Fellow in the Geology Department at Leningrad University, and is the author of 17 scientific papers in geology. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1976 where she worked as a geologist at a geological firm in Boston, as a PR manager at the Nakhamkin Art Gallery in New York City and in the Russian-American Broadcasting Corporation in Boston as a host of the Russian language program, “Half an hour with Ludmila Shtern.” Shtern has published numerous articles and short stories in American and Russian periodicals, including The Boston Globe Magazine, Pequod, Stories, Connecticut Review, and The Conde Nast Traveler as well as seven books in Russian, four books in English and one in Italian. Her English-language books were reviewed by Booklist, Publishers’ Weekly, Kenyon Review, Time Magazine, Review in The Slavic and East European Journal, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker. Her short stories are translated into Hungarian, and Dutch. Shtern’s academic interests include (a) the behavioral characteristics of women surviving under pressure — the pressure of the police state, war, ethnic prejudice, or the pressure of everyday life, (b) analysis of events in Russia and in the former Republics of the USSR, and (c) contemporary Russian literature.

Representative Publications

"On History of unofficial culture and emigre Russian Culture: 1950-1990," editor Yu. Valieva, Saint Petersburg University, 2015. Shtern's contributions (in Russian) include autobiography and an audiodisk of her stories.

Shtern, Ludmila. Bye bye Leningrad. Paris, France: Editions Intervalles, 2013.