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Rare Account of Contemporary China by a Russian Exile

Kitai, kak on est’. Byt i politika. Nabliudeniia, fakty, vyvody [China as it is. Everyday life and politics. Observations, facts, conclusions].

Shanghai: Sklad izdaniia: Russkaia tipografiia “Grafik”, 1933. Octavo (19.5 × 14 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 371, [5] pp. Signed and inscribed by the author to Viktor Porfir’evich Petrov in the year of publication. Wrappers worn to edges; spine with tape repair, retaining part of original spine strip; text toned; still good or better.

First and only edition of this extensive work on the sociology and politics of contemporary China, by Lev Arnol'dov (1894–after 1946), a doctor and lawyer from Irkutsk, trained in Berlin, Paris, Toulouse, and Tomsk. Following the October Revolution, he headed the press department as well as the information bureau of the foreign ministry under General Kolchak in Siberia. In July he moved from Omsk to Khabarovsk, where he taught courses for the military while working for several newspapers. From 1920 onward he spent nearly five years in Harbin, publishing widely in local papers such as Russkii golos and Kharbinskaia zaria. He also authored several works on sinology. In the present book, he offers his view as a resident of fifteen years, whose work as a journalist led him to a deep understanding of the factors shaping contemporary China, and who wishes to correct certain “impressionistic” reports by Western travelers. Some of the chapters deal with “The Chinese race,” “Chinese woman,” “The Chinese village,” “Communism in China,” “The printed word,” and “How to write about China.”

The recipient of Arnol'dov's warm inscription is Viktor Porfir'evich Petrov, another writer, historian, and specialist on the history of Russians in America and China, who authored the well-known book “Gorod na Sungari.” Arnol'dov refers to him as his “pupil” who overtook the teacher by publishing his own book before the present work appeared.

Scarce in the trade.

Book ID: 50985

Price: $650.00