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Сбогом, Шанхай Selected as a runner up in the 2007 National Jewish Book Award category for fiction.The unforgettable novel of nearly forgotten refugees who fled Nazi Germany and discovered the glamour and excess of Shanghai.Elisabeth and Theodore Weissberg, famous musicians, Hilde, a young film extra, and Vladek, an Eastern European adventurer wanted by the police on political charges, flee Nazi Germany for Shanghai at the onset of World War II A magnet for every human ambition and vice, Shanghai is a city of extremes of dazzling wealth and wretched poverty, suffering and pleasure, and, for the four refugees, exile and safety There, they enter the world of Jewish refugees, many of them artists and intellectuals, who must either starve or eke out an impoverished and sometimes degraded living, but they are determined to live intelligently, upholding the high culture, humor, and even, insofar as they can, the elegance of their former lives Master storyteller Angel Wagenstein crafts an intense narrative of life and death, passionate love, and profound courage against the backdrop of the war and the millions of lives caught up in it.

10 thoughts on “Сбогом, Шанхай

  1. Maude Maude says:

    When I was in my teens, I began reading books on the holocaust Most of them had pictures taken by soldiers who liberated the camps These pictures showed the survivors skin and bones, many times naked and because of this it would have been difficult to identify a member of your family because, by this time, they all looked similar I was horrifie

  2. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    I have been all over the map with this book First of all, particularly in the first half of the book, I found the writing confusing Here is an example of what you will have to contend with The days and months flowed by heavily and monotonously, with no news from Elisabeth in contrast to normal prisons with legal regulations, here correspondence

  3. Lesley Lesley says:

    I really wanted to love this novel, BUTIt was mostly non fiction with a tiny bit of novel Much of that was based upon real people and as fictional characters, they were poorly developed How much better it would have been if the author had written a straight non fiction book I chose this book because the subject was totally new to me and I thought

  4. Celeste Chia Celeste Chia says:

    Perhaps the fault that lay with the version I read was its English translation Events were conveyed without sentimentality nor depth Content wise, it was an interesting perspective into WWII history, a subject that has constantly fascinated authors and filmmakers This time I got to know about Shanghai s role in the war, as well as the author s ph

  5. Debege Debege says:

    One of the best books I ve read lately.

  6. Susan Susan says:

    Knowing someone who lived in Shanghai during WWII, and having read at least one other book about Jewish refugees there, I expected better things from this book.I was initially impressed with the style of the writing, and it proved to be a relatively quick read, but ultimately, I didn t find it a satisfying story The characters were not convincing or

  7. Judy Judy says:

    Chose this from my China shelf Hopefully, it will set the stage for my trip to China this summer.I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this I thought I was satiated with WWII novels, but the setting for this one moves from Paris to Shanghai and deals with a situation I was not very familiar with Shanghai was a free international city during the early

  8. Tia Tia says:

    I could not finish this execrable book The plot is a mish mash of bad WWII movie cliches the hot, blonde Jewess, the Vichy Paris, the bad sex, the hidden identities Every page seems as if it s written to be translated to the screen, but it s so disjointed, the characters make no sense, and so it feels like a regurgitation of images of what a movie ab

  9. Nina Nina says:

    I enjoyed this, but it didn t necessarily focus on the Shanghai ghetto quite as much as it could have That story would have helped to bring all the characters togetherwhich they do, but it seems like 200 pages of the book are involved in getting the characters to the ghetto and then you skip 5 years An odd choice Sometimes the author takes you on a wei

  10. Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides says:

    This was an interesting fictionalization of an aspect of WWII I had no idea about A tragic story with a beautiful atmosphere I only wish the author or translator had been a little explicit about what was fictionalized, and maybe provided some pointers to English language sources Though when I did a little poking around on the Internet, I didn t really

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