Swimming in the Daylight: An American Student, a Soviet-Jewish Dissident, and the Gift of Hope by Lisa C. Paul, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Swimming in the Daylight: An American Student, a Soviet-Jewish Dissident, and the Gift of Hope

Swimming in the Daylight: An American Student, a Soviet-Jewish Dissident, and the Gift of Hope

by Lisa C. Paul
     
 

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In September 1984, Lisa Paul, an American college student living in Moscow and working as a nanny, enters Inna Meiman’s house for her first Russian language lesson. And so begins a two-year friendship and fight for Inna’s life. Swimming in the Daylight chronicles Inna’s struggle to shed her refusenik status and to be granted a visa to

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In September 1984, Lisa Paul, an American college student living in Moscow and working as a nanny, enters Inna Meiman’s house for her first Russian language lesson. And so begins a two-year friendship and fight for Inna’s life. Swimming in the Daylight chronicles Inna’s struggle to shed her refusenik status and to be granted a visa to travel to America, seeking medical treatment for the cancer that is slowly killing her.

Inna reveals an indomitable spirit as she endures a perverse reality as a citizen of the Soviet Union—she must deny invitations from countries in the West to receive life-saving cancer treatment due to her inability to receive a visa from her own government. This refusal, Inna explains to Lisa, is the Soviet authorities’ way of persecuting her and her husband Naum, a member of the Moscow Helsinki Watch Group fighting for human rights in the USSR. Spurred by outrage and the desire to help her friend, Lisa returns to the United States, vowing to do all she can to get Inna out of Moscow. Lisa stages a hunger strike, holds a press conference, and galvanizes American politicians to fight for Inna’s freedom. All these efforts eventually succeed in pursuing Mikhail Gorbachev to issue Inna a visa in December 1986, and she finally steps foot on American soil. At a time when international strife seems insurmountable and worries at home seem to paralyze, this story will teach people everywhere that it is the courage inside that defines a person and can change the future.

Contains a new foreword by Natan Sharanksy.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This book could not be more inspiring and needed for a contemporary audience whose memories of the Soviet Era are fading." —Natan Sharansky

“An inspiring memoir that captures a tumultuous period of history as well as the reliance of the human spirit, even against seemingly overwhelming odds.” —Booklist Review

“A powerful memoir about hope, courage, and faith . . . The lessons of this book are urgently needed today.”
—Dr. Alan Mittleman, chair, Department of Jewish Thought, the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York

“Lisa Paul’s unusually sharp powers of recollection make this bleak period in modern history come alive.” —Jerusalem Post

“A must read for those who want to know what life in the last days of Communist Russia was like.” —Nicholas Daniloff, former Moscow Bureau Chief, U.S. News and World Report

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781628736717
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
08/05/2014
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Lisa C. Paul lived and worked in Moscow from 1983 to 1985. She’s also worked for a landmark conference on US-Soviet relations in Washington, DC, and later took a job at the American Committee on US-Soviet Relations until 1990. She is currently an attorney and lives with her husband and two daughters in Shorewood, Wisconsin.

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