The World Affairs Councils of America and the Tennessee World Affairs Council Invite You to Participate in A Teleconference
“Have the Mountains Fallen? — Two Journeys of Loss and Redemption in the Cold War”
Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Time: 1:00-1:30 p.m. CT.
Author: Jeffrey Lilley
After surviving the blitzkrieg of World War II and escaping from three Nazi prison camps, Soviet soldier Azamat Altay fled to the West and was charged as a traitor in his homeland of Kyrgyzstan in Soviet Central Asia. Chingiz Aitmatov became a hero of Kyrgyzstan, propelled by family loss to write novels about the everyday lives of his fellow citizens. Altay became the voice of democracy on Radio Liberty, broadcasting back into his shuttered homeland, while Aitmatov rose through the ranks of Soviet society, a quiet rebel whose prose masked ugly truths about Soviet communism. Yet just as they seemed to be pulled apart by the divisions of the Cold War, they found their lives intersecting in compelling ways, joined by a common mission to save their people.
In his new book, Have the Mountains Fallen?: Two Journeys of Loss and Redemption in the Cold War, Jeffrey Lilley traces the lives of these two men as they confronted the full threat and legacy of the Soviet empire. Through narratives of loss, love, and longing for a homeland forever changed, a clearer picture emerges of the struggle for freedom inside the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
About Jeffrey Lilley
As a journalist in the 1990s based in Moscow, Jeff Lilley wrote about the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of 15 independent republics. He covered Russia’s relations with Asia and reported from three Olympics Games. His first book, China Hands: Nine Decades of Adventure, Espionage and Diplomacy (Public Affairs, 2004) presents a fascinating portrait of an American family’s engagement with Asia in the 20th century. Lilley moved to Central Asia in 2004. During a three-year posting in Kyrgyzstan, he started reading the works of Chinghiz Aitmatov, slept in yurts, drank fermented mare’s milk and hiked in the country’s beautiful mountains. Over the next ten years, as he worked in the field of democracy and governance support in Washington, DC and the Middle East, he researched and wrote Have the Mountains Fallen? Two Journeys of Loss and Redemption in the Cold War. In 2016, he returned to Kyrgyzstan to lead a British-funded economic development program.
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