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Synopsis: In the 1920s and 1930s Shanghai was called "the whore of the Orient", home to gangsters and warlords, where nightclubs never closed and hotels supplied heroin on room service. It became the epitome of glamour, immortalized in books and films. With its bustling population of British, Chinese, Americans, French, Germans, Japanese and White Russians, its extremes of poverty and wealth, it appeared to straddle East and West. By the time the Chinese Communist takeover of 1949 had destroyed the illusion, Shanghai had passed into legend. This portrait of the city in its heyday combines first-hand accounts with extensive research and lively reconstruction.
From Publishers Weekly:
In a spellbinding portrait of Shanghai in the 1920s and '30s, English writer Sergeant (The Old Sow in the Back Room) digs past the familiar image of a vice-ridden Westernized enclave and uncovers a city of many identities. Her Shanghai is an oasis of native artistic experiment; an unregulated refuge for international business where children worked 14-hour days; the center of China's innovative film industry; and a cosmopolitan magnet that became home to White Russian merchants and aristocrats, Japanese jazz musicians, emigre Iraqi Jews and refugees from Nazi Germany. The sprawling narrative is structured around three traumatic historical episodes: the bloodbath of 1927, when Chiang Kai-shek's troops and his former Communist allies slaughtered each other; the Japanese invasion of Shanghai in 1932, which claimed 14,000 lives; and the 1937 outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War. Sergeant, who has made frequent trips to the city since the end of the Cultural Revolution, interviewed dozens of current and former residents, both foreign and Chinese, and she integrates their colorful stories into her exceptionally vivid, informal chronicle. Photos.
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Publisher: JONATHAN CAPE
Book Condition: VERY GOOD
Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Included. First edition. Sent within 24 hours. Expedited UK delivery available. Edition: 1st ed. Ex Library. Bookseller Inventory # BBI2280807
Book Description Jonathan Cape, 1991. Book Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP29215194
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002471508
Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd, London, 1991. Cloth. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. Pages have darkene.d Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 034823
Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd, London, 1991. Hardback. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First edition, first printing. Large octavo hardback.384 pages.Illustrated Near Fine condition in Near Fine unclipped dust jacket No inscriptions. Bookseller Inventory # 065114
Book Description Jonathan Cape, London, 1991. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. Fine hardback copy in fine dustjacket. xi, 371pp., b/w plates Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 014165
Book Description JONATHAN CAPE, 1991. Couverture rigide. Book Condition: bon. R260166474: 371 pages. Jaquette illustrée en couleurs. Nombreuses photos en noir et blanc légendées. Texte en anglais. In-8 Cartonné. Bon état. Couv. convenable. Dos satisfaisant. Intérieur frais Classification Dewey : 820-Littératures anglaise et anglo-saxonne. Bookseller Inventory # R260166474
Book Description Jonathan Cape. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2735294136
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