Mordechai Rotenberg

in Voices from Shanghai

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226181660
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226181684 | DOI:
Mordechai Rotenberg

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This chapter presents “Sun in a Net” (1942), a poem written by Mordechai Rotenberg. The impetus for the poem may have been paintings of fish, with or without fishermen, a favorite motif of traditional and often even modern Chinese painting. Or perhaps the poet remembered fish and fishermen from his days in Kobe, Japan. The poem expresses a longing for hope, perhaps foremost on the minds of refugees at the time because, by the summer of 1942, World War II was not going well for the allies and the Shanghai refugees were completely cut off from Europe.

Keywords: poem; Shanghai; Mordechai Rotenberg; fish; fishermen; World War II; refugees

Chapter.  472 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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