"As you study history, you
understand that no empire can last forever. It becomes bigger
and bigger until one day, it explodes. I had hoped that that
would happen to the Soviet Union one day, but I wasn't sure that
I would live to witness it myself.
We writers faced so many difficulties. We couldn't write what
we wanted to. We had to write what they dictated. Why couldn't
our historians show the true history of this nation? Simply because
Moscow wouldn't allow it. Literature was in the same position.
Even now, most people don't understand the reality of that socialist
system. The fear of telling the truth made you into a liar."
Aziza Jafarzade (1921 to September 3, 2003) discussing her life
and times in an interview with Azerbaijan International (Betty
Blair and Jala Garibova in July 2002).
From Azerbaijan International (11.3) Autumn 2003.
© Azerbaijan International 2003.