David Brailovsky A Covenant in Shanghai

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A Covenant in Shanghai

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A Covenant in Shanghai is about survival and alienation. We follow Daniel and his three friends as they grow from childhood to adolescence and to early manhood. We share their tensions, frustrations, and their anxieties, as they struggle to survive by overcoming the temptations that this sybaritic and decadent city offers at every corner. It is about alienation, of not accepting and of not being accepted by an ancient and proud culture. The four friends do not feel at home in the East, nor are they comfortable in the West. They have to learn how to live and survive in this limbo.The four boys of different backgrounds: American, English, French and Russian, accentuate the kaleidoscopic nature of a fascinating, yet often ominous and tragic lifestyle.This is also the story of the survival of a majestic and resilient city that suffers with dignity the humiliations of shortages, the ravages of epidemics, the conflict of political ideologies, and refuses to be conquered by desecrations of wars. This multi-ethnic, multicultured metropolis is neither Western nor Chinese. Like its population it is alien to both. It is a tragic hybrid grafted on the map of China.

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The author was born in Harbin, Manchuria, China and moved to Shanghai in 1932, at the age of seven.He witnessed first hand the multiple armed confrontations that shook the city: two Sino-Japanese conflicts (1932 and 1937), WWII, Pearl Harbor, and finally the liberation of the city from the Japanese occupation.The author lived in the French Concession and attended the "Alliance Francaise".He completed three years of medical education at "L'Universite L'Aurore",a French Jesuit University and left Shanghai for Chile late in 1948, prior to the Communist take-over of the city.He practiced medicine in Chile and the USA, and is presently retired, living with his family in Boston, Mass.

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