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Shanghai grand : forbidden love and international intrigue on the eve of the Second World War

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  • Author: Grescoe, Taras
    Contributor: Bucholc, Marysia

    Emily 'Mickey' Hahn was a legendary New Yorker journalist whose vivid writing played a crucial role in opening Western eyes to the realities of life in China. At the height of the Depression, Hahn arrived in Shanghai after a disappointing affair, and became absorbed into the social swirl of the expats drawn to pre-war China, among them Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, Harold Acton, and gangster Morris 'Two-Gun' Cohen. But when she meets Zau Sinmay, a Chinese poet, she discovers the real Shanghai through his eyes: the city of rich colonials, triple agents, opium-smokers, displaced Chinese peasants, and increasingly desperate White Russian and Jewish refugees. Danger lurks on the horizon, though, as the brutal Japanese occupation destroys the seductive world of pre-war Shanghai, paving the way for Mao Tse-tung's Communists' rise to power. 2016.

    • Map: Shanghai, 1935
    • Prologue: Zhujiajiao Water Town, Shanghai Municipality, March 28, 2014
    • Part 1
    • Shanghai, January 28, 1932
    • Where China Meets the World
    • The Sassoon Gamble
    • Part 2
    • St. Louis, 27 May 1916
    • The Flapper's Progress
    • Shanghai Grand
    • Mickey Checks In
    • On the Shanghai Beat
    • Part 3
    • Shanghai, April 12, 1935
    • Cathay and the Muse
    • The Fantastic Mr. Pan
    • Cosmopolis-on-the-Whangpoo
    • Part 4
    • Shanghai, November 3, 1936
    • The Rise of the Dwarf Bandits
    • Sweetie Pie Goes to Nanking
    • Part 5
    • Shanghai, August 14, 1937
    • After Saturday
    • The Solitary Island
    • Waking from the Doze
    • Part 6
    • Shanghai, August 1, 1941
    • The Last Light in a Dark World
    • Check-Out Time
    • Settling the Bill
    • Epilogue.
    Original Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2016, Toronto, CNIB
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 9780616881026, 0616881029