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Shanghai grand : forbidden love and international intrigue on the eve of the Second World War / Taras Grescoe.

By: Publisher: London Macmillan, 2016Copyright date: ©2016Description: xiii, 455 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, map ; 25 cmContent type:
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Media type:
  • unmediated
Carrier type:
  • volume
  • 9781447254058
Subject(s): Genre/Form: DDC classification:
  • 951./132042092 B 23
LOC classification:
  • DS796.S25 G74 2016
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"First published in the United Kingdom in hardback 2016 by Macmillan, an imprint of Pan Macmillan"--Title page verso.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

On the eve of WWII, the foreign-controlled port of Shanghai was the rendezvous for the twentieth century's most outlandish adventurers, all under the watchful eye of the fabulously wealthy Sir Victor Sassoon. 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 with an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter, convinced she will never love again. After checking in to Sassoon's glamorous Cathay Hotel, Hahn is absorbed into the social swirl of the expats drawn to pre-war China, among them Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, Harold Acton, and a colourful gangster named Morris 'Two-Gun' Cohen. But when she meets Zau Sinmay, a Chinese poet from an illustrious family, 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--places her innate curiosity will lead her to explore first hand. 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.

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Book Book SMSA Library Biography BIO SASS Available August 2016 65102

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