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TO KLIM ROGOV, the ungrateful wretch I foolishly harbored in my bosom,
FROM JOSE FERNANDO BURBANO, boss and the owner of this damn radio station, the Devil take it.
September 28, 1927
Shanghai, Republic of China
Note from O. Harper, secretary: Sorry, Klim, I’m just typing what the boss dictates to me.
You had no right to resign from your job at my outstanding radio station and go charging off to the very devil itself—Soviet Russia. You’re the best radio presenter we have, and you’re causing us no end of trouble with our commercials.
We’ve only just signed a contract with the makers of Sedat-Eze sleeping tablets. I promised them you’d do them proud. Instead, it turns out you have done a runner. I detest you heartily for it, damn your eyes!
You can rest assured that I wouldn’t take you back even if you came crawling back on your belly asking my forgiveness for a whole year.
Have you forgotten that it is run by the Bolsheviks, a godless crowd, who confiscate private property belonging to decent traders and businessmen?
If you haven’t taken complete leave of your senses, I advise you to buy yourself a big packet of Sedat-Eze and avoid the place like the plague—I’ll organize you a discount. However, if you’re serious about this crazy scheme, I hope the Bolsheviks string you up from the nearest tree.
A novel about the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917
A novel about Shanghai in the turbulent 1920s
A novel about foreign journalists in the USSR
Text by Elvira Baryakina
Translation by Rose France
Book cover art by Olga Tereschenko
Book cover design by Alex Mintz
Website design by Taras Karpyak