TIMELINES & FAULTLINES chronicles the saga of a mining geologist, John Hill. His life has spanned the turbulent 20th Century and into the early fraught decades of the 21st Century; from the rise and fall of militant Nazi fascism to the rise of militant Islam. He lives in non-retirement in New South Wales.
BOOK COVER – TIMELINES & FAULTLINES
RUSSIAN FEDERATION – PHOENIX RISING
During the 1990s, John Hill experienced the implosion of a decayed Soviet Union and the rise of cowboy capitalism in a flawed Russian Federation riven by obscene wealth and death in winter snowdrifts.
The Moscow State University dominates the Moscow skyline. It was built by German prisoners of war under the whiphand of Joseph Stalin (Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili). It was here, while lecturing in mining economics, that I joined in vodka and black caviar sessions and virulent political discussions.
THE MASK OF SORROW – Gulag Memorial, Magadan
The ‘Mask of Sorrow’ overlooks the port of Magadan on the Sea of Okhotsk. Through this port passed thousands of political prisoners on their way to terrible deaths on the Kolyma goldfields. Hundreds of kilometres north of Magadan I worked in freezing conditions and experienced the Russian banya (Turkish baths), flagellation with branches, vodka toasts and more violent political discussion.
This fascinating book is published by Austin Macauley, London, and is available now from Amazon and major book shops.