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SHANGHAI DREAM

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A French graphic novel, based on a screenplay by Edward Ryan and Yang Xie. Highly Recommended. By Philippe Thirault. Art by Jorge Miguel. In 1938 Berlin, aspiring filmmaker Bernard Hersch works at the UFA studios and dreams of one day directing the screenplay he and his wife are writing. But as a Jew in Hitler's Germany, Bernard faces increasing danger and discrimination, and is soon forced to accept deportation to Japan as his only hope. His wife unexpectedly jumps off the departing train to stay in Germany with her aging father. Our young man ends up in Shanghai, where he is forced to adapt to a new land. Heartbroken, he struggles through grief and vows to bring his wife's screenplay to life.

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In 1938 Berlin, aspiring filmmaker Bernard Hersch works at the UFA studios and dreams of one day directing the screenplay he and his wife are writing. But as a Jew in Hitler's Germany, Bernard faces increasing danger and discrimination, and is soon forced to accept deportation to Japan as his only hope. His wife unexpectedly jumps off the departing train to stay in Germany with her aging father. Our young man ends up in Shanghai, where he is forced to adapt to a new land. Heartbroken, he struggles through grief and vows to bring his wife's screenplay to life.

A distinctive and humanistic take on World War Two from the largely undocumented Chinese perspective. It reveals the powerlessness and frustration of first dealing with a country taken over by fascists, then traveling by boat and train into countries that don't want him to stay there. Finally in Shanghai he begins to settle, first in a terrible job just to make the rent. He befriends another Jew, who has been unable to rejoin the rest of his family, who ended up in Japan.

But our hero is a talented writer and director, and eventually he finds work with an American producer who is in Shanghai prior to America's entry into the war. The Japanese are also playing a heavy hand in Shanghai, and production on films is a struggle from the start.

Then Pearl Harbor is bombed, the Americans enter the war, and everything changes yet again as our hero is thrown in jail by the occupying Japanese. Can he still eventually produce his film, the homage to his lost wife and the innocence he once was part of in pre-Nazi Germany?

Very well drawn, with a powerful story that kept me reading this complex tale.

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Item Code SHADR
Publisher Humanoids
Publish Date 2019
ISBN 9781643378510
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 8x10
# Pages 112pg
Color Full Color
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