In "The Fallen Years," a novella about the aftermath of one man's unique experience during the Soviet war in Afghanistan, there is an encroaching presence of doom. Many did not know what the war was really for. Some said it was to protect the borders, some said it was to help the Afghanis with a revolution. Many Soviet leaders and citizens believed that there was simply no way that a country like Afghanistan could ever defeat the "eternal" Soviet Union; and, yet the Soviet Union, in the late 80's/early 90's, was approaching its demise. This moving story, inspired by real events documented by Amnesty International----about peace and war, political upheaval, love and loss of innocence, motivates a question: how can one affirm life and continue to live when time and history subsume the power of human suffering? Exploring this question, the author relays a haunting story of deliverance, violence and survival, in which the skein of time and our perception are the mortal enemies of both love and redemption.
Paul gives an overview of the book:
Paul Rogov studied Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley and Social Work at USC. In 2009, he was a finalist for the Short Story Award for New Writers in Glimmer Train Press. His work has appeared in Danse Macabre, Jumping Blue Gods, Exterminating...