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Shanghai fern von wo (German) Paperback – Nov 1 2010

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Btb (Nov. 1 2010)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3442740614
  • ISBN-13: 978-3442740611
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 4.2 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A triumph Dec 23 2013
By John M. Connolly - Published on
Format: Paperback
Ursula Krechel, poet and dramatist, has in recent years turned to some of the most neglected aspects of the almost unbelievable horror of the Holocaust. The more recent book, Landgericht (which won the German Book Prize in 2012), presents the story--based on fact--of a German Jewish lawyer and judge who returns "home" after the War and his exile in Cuba. The Shanghai book appeared earlier, telling the tales of a handful of the thousands of Jews who took refuge in China during World War II. Again based on fact, Krechel's artful story-telling gives insight into what it must have been like on a day-to-day basis for those shipwreck-survivors, wrenched out of their existences in Europe and facing numerous challenges in China. Not least among these was the long arm of the SS operating through the German embassy in a Shanghai occupied by Germany's ally, Japan. The book is an unusual and outstanding achievement. It must be translated into English soon.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
a novel, not a journalistic work Aug. 6 2013
By loving german lit - Published on
Format: Paperback
This text is clearly a novel, not a journalistic work. It uses elements of journalistic writing and the inclusion of "authentic" interviews as a way of narrating, it is a stylistic device. It is an excellent novel that covers a barely known route of exile and tells interesting stories. I very much hope it is translated soon.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
missed opportunities April 8 2013
By c reinewald - Published on
Format: Paperback
Some years ago I visited the former Jewish quarter in Shanghai. Here German and Austrian Jews lived for a while as refugees from Nazi Germany. A small museum remembered they were here. Only one Sino-Jew seemed to live here now. An intriguing yet unknown part of the diaspora.
Ursula Krechel must have spend a lot of time in archives to delve this episode out of the buzz of time.
Still, her book is diasppointing as she merely tells and not shows (contrary to the typical journalistic law). Doing this she fails to make something real dramatic(which this situation must have been) of the story. As an attempt of non-fiction one hardly can call it a "roman" as it is labeled.
Krech is very true to her characters, whose fate is told bit by bit... chronologically. One wonders why the author was afraid to paint a more own interpretation than referring to the tape (!) which recorded the memories of her characters.

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