White Shanghai

White Shanghai

Translations

White Shanghai
Ripol (2010)
ISBN 978-5-386-02069-9
The novel White Shanghai is the first book of the historical trilogy The Turbulent Epoch. The novel retains the best tradition of Russian classical literature such as War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, And Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokhov.

The trilogy depictures historical events of the beginning of the 20th centaury in China, Argentina and Russia. Different cultures and flamboyant characters are blended together to form rare kinds of literature in which readers have a chance to participate and savour history unfolding before their very eyes.

White Shanghai
The year 1922. Shanghai was the richest port in the Far East.Foreigners have built factories and railroads here and fenced off the best areas for themselves. The government in Peking just suffered in silence; for many years, the country had been divided into warring semi-feudal provinces. On paper, China was a free
country, but in reality, it was practically a colony. In December, a squadron under the flag of the Russian Empire approached the city. Fourteen warships—two thousand refugees who fled from the Bolsheviks. Letting them into the city was out of the question: who will feed this horde? But they couldn’t leave;
they had neither coal nor food.

White Shanghai is the story of people who had to start from scratch in a strange country where no one was glad to see them. Gold digger Nina Kupina and journalist Klim Rogov, governess Ada and policeman Felix, a defrocked priest, a Buddhist monk, former soldiers and officers of the White Army—some of them were able to hold out, some broke. The fates of Russians, Czechs, Germans, Americans, Chinese, and British combined into a complex, variegated picture on the backdrop of one of the most dramatic
periods in Chinese history.

In June 2011 the book White Shanghai was commissioned by Russian TV to be televised in a serial form nationwide.

The manuscript is available in English and is about 170 000 words long.