The Far Side of the Sky

The Far Side of the Sky

A Novel of Love and Death in Shanghai

Book - 2011
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On November 9, 1938--Kristallnacht--the Nazis unleash a night of terror across Germany that paves the way for Hitler's "Final Solution." Meanwhile, the Japanese Imperial Army continues to rampage through China and tighten its stranglehold on Shanghai, a besieged and divided city that becomes the last haven for thousands of desperate European Jews.

Dr. Franz Adler, an Austrian Jew and renowned surgeon, is swept up in the wave of anti-Semitic violence washing over Vienna and flees to China with his daughter. There, at a Shanghai refugee hospital, Franz meets an enigmatic nurse, Soon Yi "Sunny" Mah. The chemistry between them is intense and immediate, until Sunny's life is shattered when a drunken Japanese sailor attempts to rape her and murders her father.

The danger escalates for Shanghai's Jewish refugee community as the Japanese ally themselves militarily with Germany and attack Pearl Harbor. Soon, the Japanese overrun the European enclaves within Shanghai. Facing starvation, disease and the threat of internment--or worse--Franz struggles to keep the refugee hospital open while protecting his own family and fights to outwit the Nazis and save the city's Jewish community from a terrible fate.

The Far Side of the Sky focuses on a short but extraordinary period of Chinese, Japanese and Jewish Second World War history, where cultures converged and heroic sacrifices were part of the everyday quest for survival.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers, ©2011
ISBN: 9781443402651
Branch Call Number: KALLA
Characteristics: 452 p. ; 23 cm


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Sep 09, 2017

This novel as told by Franz Adler, a Doctor and surgeon and Soon Yi Mah (Sunny,) a Eurasian Nurse caught up in the wartime events in a unique time and place. The poignant story tells of the lives of Austrian Jews caught up in a whirlwind of antisemitism. Dr. Adler and his family manage to build a new home in Shanghai and it is here that the Jewish Diaspora continued not just to exist but to live.
In a superbly researched novel of facts interspersed with fictional romance Daniel Kalla captures a glimmer of the refugees' very real and entirely surreal circumstances.

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