His books include a novel, Travels with Dubinsky and Clive (Viking, 1987), and a Sixties memoir of Russia, From Lenin to Lennon (Harcourt, Brace, 1991).
His articles and book reviews have appeared in various publications, both in this country and abroad. He wrote on the Russian mafia for Details, on Harold Robbins’ literary heritage for The New York Times Book Review, and on Yevgeny Zamyatin for The New Criterion. Other publications include Wall Street Journal, The Guardian (London), The Forward, The Boston Globe, Newsday, and others. He also reviews film for Images Journal, an online publication.
His translations from Russian include Yeltsin: A Political Biography by V.Solovyov (Putnam, 92)
Currently Mr. Gurevich also serves as a North American representative of the Michael Cherney Foundation.
Mr. Gurevich’s involvement with the Dolphinarium project goes back to the time he was asked to prepare the English-language version of the book. “Soon, I realized it was not just another job,” he recalls. “As I went over one scene after another of mothers coming inside the morgue to identify their daughters’ bodies, I was becoming obsessed. Haunted. Not only do I have a son who is only a few years older than the victims, but all the families in the book came out of small towns in Russia and Ukraine, just like I did, and so I felt I connected with these people on a very visceral level. I realized I had to do something about it. This material was simply too powerful to remain confined to the printed page.
The making of Empty Rooms was once-in-a-lifetime event. Bear in mind that Russian families are small, and many of the victims were the only children in their respective families. Some were survived by single mothers, and the depth of the tragedy that I witnessed cannot be overstated. Interviewing these people on tape was a cathartic experience. As for the kids who survived bombing, when you think about what they went through – and how they came out of this ordeal with their heads up – I was simply humbled. Our characters have seen the face of evil and lived to tell the story.
\"Unbeknownst to themselves, these children died on a battlefield. They were unwitting soldiers who had never been drafted. The war goes on. Every day brings more reports from the front lines. If, after seeing the film, at least a few people find it impossible to simply leaf through the newspaper without seeing these children’s faces in their minds – I’ll feel that we have succeeded.\"