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Белый Шанхай. Русские эмигранты в Китае

(Russian Treasures #2)

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1922 год. Богатый, полуколониальный Шанхай охвачен паникой: к гавани подошла военная эскадра — последний отряд разгромленной большевиками Белой армии. Две тысячи русских просят разрешения сойти на берег.

У Клима Рогова не осталось иного богатства, кроме остроумия и блестящего таланта к журналистике. Нина, жена, тайком сбегает от него в город. Ей требуется другой тип зубоска
Kindle Edition, 679 pages
Published December 7th 2011 by Elka Palka Production (first published January 1st 2010)
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Lynne King
I’ve been “currently reading” this book for months. I found it rather exciting to begin with as it’s a fantastic social document but overall the book disappointed me. I had been seduced by the title (my own stupidity of course; I must learn to be more discerning) as firstly Shanghai has always had such a “je ne sais quoi” quality about it and the history of China is quite remarkable, apart from a couple of rather unfortunate periods (which I wish could be erased from history) and secondly, the “ ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found Elvira Baryakina's White Shanghai quite interesting. I'm not a true fan of historical fiction, but this time I enjoyed reading the book.
White Shanghai is multilayered and multicultural: it tells about Russian immigrants, Chinese communists, American journalists, German arm dealers and businessmen of all kinds.
There are stories about art, politics, war, love, betrayal and fraud. Really, the novel touches a LOT of topics.
Most of all I enjoyed discovering something new, things absolutely un
Irina Semenova
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you really want to know what will happen next, it’s quite frustrating to wait a year or even more until the next novel is published. That’s what I felt after I finished reading Elvira Baryakina’s White Shanghai.

The author’s voice is just as I like it. From the first chapter, you can tell that the author enjoys her topic and her characters. They are charming, witty and passionate. The historical details are so true to life, you can tell that time and effort invested in this novel were enormo
The continuation of the story started in Russian Treasures set in Shanghai among the destitution of the white emigres, the naked exploitation of the locals by the representatives of the powerful countries hand in hand with the rich locals and the clash of cultures in this 20's Babylon, doesn't disappoint, being a fast-paced novel that cannot be put down once started

The main characters: Klim is still the modern picaresque hero, naive, well-intended and hence taken advantage of all the time, but
Olga Ro
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book for my husband as a Christmas present. I knew he is fascinated by the roaring 20s of the Western world but a roaring 20s in China took him by surprise.
The book provokes thoughts and discussions. It takes you at pace through the Chinese roaring 20s highlighted by Russian post revolution refugees set against British business and political interests. It is not only a story about turmoil of war and revolution, it is about people and how they cope with such times. It is a story of
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The White Shanghai is a great book, thrilling, full of adventure and risk! I couldn't stop until i read it to the end. The characters are so vivid, bright. I learned a lot about the historical events in the early 1920ies, people moods and behaviour. It showed varios parts of life - from the lowest layers to the top and how they interact in those hard times. I liked that Elvira Baryakina depicted different kinds of happiness to people and the way they reached it. I recommend this book for those, ...more
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: china, russia
This is a brilliant, original book. Quite unlike any other I've read, although I must admit I have read very few (if any) Russian authors (Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky still on the the bucket list). Although very poignant and dealing with serious times, it is also very FUNNY. I would categorize it as a moderately dark Russian Seinfeldian literary gem. I actually rationed my reading because I didn't want to reach the end. I hope someone will eventually translate Ms. Baryakina's other works. I would st ...more
I was fascinated by the history here, none of it did I know beforehand. The author skillfully sews the lives of a group of Russian refugees with the Chinese workers with the British upper class in 1920's Shanghai. Their stories are interwoven with both the political and human aspects tied together. I didn't even mind the errors in the translation from Russian - there weren't many - and where I normally would have found it annoying, it almost seemed to fit into the scheme of it all. Very satisfyi ...more
Наталия Ширяева
Когда читала эту книгу, все время задавала себе вопрос: а что бы делала я, если бы очутилась в такой ситуации (как главные герои), в чужой стране, без денег, без поддержки?.. Очень сильная книга, интересные герои и неожиданные повороты сюжета.
Galina Alferova
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hello, Elvira! I read your book White Ghosts. I bought it on a book fair in Moscow, at the time of presentation (it was a few years ago). I read the book with big pleasure, in one breath. Thank you!
Barbara Mitchell
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to receive this novel since it is set in Shanghai in the 1920s, a chaotic period in the history of that city and China as a whole. In setting and depiction of the political corruption, public unrest, and rampant racism, the book didn't disappoint. It's a confusing time and I still don't have it clear in my mind but I know a lot more than I did before I read this book. I admire the author's ability to sort it all out.

Whites mostly lived in the white settlement which was forbidden to
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The plot of White Shanghai was so captivating that I finished reading the book in two days.
If you like historical fiction with beautifully written characters and well researched details, then this novel is for you. I especially liked how the author tells the story of a woman and a man whose world has turned upside down. While trying to survive in a new environment, they still had to deal with problems of respect and trust - topics that bridge this story with the modern world.
Elena Loskutova
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Очень интересный, продуманный сюжет. Видно, что автор хорошо знает историю! Читается очень легко. Рекомендую!
Nicola Mansfield
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweeping, epic historical drama focusing on a family and those they interact with. This book appealed to me because of my literary interest in the Russian Revolution and in Communist China. I found this book an eye-opener as I was relatively unaware of the situation going on in Shanghai involving the Russian refugees escaping the socialist take over of their own country at a time when China itself was very unstable politically as its various factions tried to gain ground and take their country ...more
Ian Racey
Feb 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A fairly rare bird, a book I didn't finish. I gave up after about two hundred pages (less than forty per cent of the way in). I'm genuinely unsure whether it's a matter of poor writing in the original Russian or sloppy translation, or both, but it produces passages like, "In the beginning, he pestered her with his desires and this caused Lissie to become pregnant." The book really wants to be epic in a War & Peace style, but the narrative style is far too summary to allow the reader to feel any ...more
René Toet
I seriously can't understand why this book receives high ratings. The era and setting are right up my sleeve, but I found this the most disappointing book I picked up this year. The premise is interesting, but the structure is far to fragmentary. There are many characters, but none of them is captivating. The chapters are just too short and superficial for being taken away to the world the author tries to create. Truely a pity.

PS. And what's the deal with those drawings. They belong in a book f
Roy Sawyer
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down! ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Totally enjoyed this trilogy, recommend if you enjoy historical fiction
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Для меня эта книга была естественным и логичным продолжением "Аргентинца". Прочитал с большим интересом и удовольствием. Как будто пообщался со "старыми знакомыми", вместе с ними преодолевал поставленные тогдашней жизнью проблемы. Рекомендую, кайф гарантирован, не разочаруетесь ))). ...more
Paul Massimo Popple
I enjoyed reading this book because of its particular sort of naive style. Part of its charm was actually in the fact that it poorly translated, and you could get a sense of the very Russian point of view. The problem was that this incorrect English usage often went a bit too far, and the flow of the narrative was interrupted by things that were just plain incorrect. I have a feeling that the English mother tongue translator didn't really bother to read the book and correct the mistakes. The edi ...more
Sarah Wagner
*I received this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.*

White Shanghai chronicles the lives of a diverse and interconnected cast of characters in Shanghai during the 1920s. Opening with the arrival of a group of Russian refugees in Shanghai following the upheaval of the Russian Revolution, the novel displays the struggles, opportunities, and pitfalls of life in China during the 20s. The large number of characters and the constant ups and downs of their lives makes the plot somewhat difficult
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Удивительный мир Китая. Подробности быта русской эмиграции, особые методы продвижения коммунистических идей к мировому господству и много познавательного о не таком уж далеком прошлом России и Поднебесной. Все это на примере людей, попавших в жернова исторических коллизий. Им сочувствуешь, сопереживаешь и желаешь выжить. Невозможно оторваться от страниц книги с самого начала до задней обложки.

Amazing world of China. Details of Russian emigration, special methods of promoting communist ideas to w
Victor H Fisher Jr
Nice and entertaining.

Nicely written novel with a History based team. Well investigated on actual facts, makes it a very interesting Read. Would recommend.
White Shanghai. A Novel of the Roaring Twenties in China by Elvira Baryakina was a bit of a disappointment to me. I have been fascinated by Shanghai ever since I visited there in 1993. The architecture styles are so different on the Bund and other parts of the city and this city has such an unusual history. It is one of those cities that you can feel where the past calling you.

I appreciate the tremendous amount of historical research that the author has put in to write this book, especially litt
Ellina Nickell
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is brilliant! After reading the first novel of the series: Russian Treasures I could not wait to read another one adventure of the two main characters Nina and Klim. This time they are not in Russia – they made it to Shanghai. It is a beautiful historic piece based on good research. I did not know a lot about China of that time period before the White Ghosts. When reading the book it feels like walking on the streets of the city together with the main characters. It is a great story of ...more
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: china
LOVED this book. It combined the two countries I like most to read about: China & Russia. The author's style is totally Russian too - dry humor, a ton of characters, loads of story lines... all the goodies that come with Slavic lit. Really intriguing time period too. Most people only think of the American version of the roaring 20s - this was the same time, totally different place and my understanding of this time period feels way more enriched because of it. ...more
Jody Ferguson
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, east-asia
I have a thing for pre-war Shanghai when it was billed as the cosmopolitan "Paris of the East." I enjoyed the colorful descriptions of expatriate life. This particular story is about the White Russian emigres who, being stateless, were guests for only an interlude in China. But there were hundreds of thousands of them, and their stories are wonderful but often tragic. ...more
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Born and raised in Russia, Elvira Baryakina is an expert on Russian history of the early 20th century.

Since 2002, she has been living in suburban Los Angeles with her husband and son. She writes fiction and teaches creative writing. Her books have been translated into several languages.

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