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I Married a Communist

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Radio actor Iron Rinn ( born Ira Ringold ) is a big Newark roughneck blighted by a brutal personal secret from which he is perpetually in flight. An idealist Communist, a self-educated ditch-digger turned popular performer, a six- foot six- inch Abe Lincoln look-alike, he emerges from serving in World War II passionately committed to making the world a better place and winds up instead blacklisted and unemployable, his life in ruins. On his way to political catastrophe, he marries the nation`s reigning radio actress and beloved silent film star, the exquisite Eve Frame (born Chava Fromkin). Their marriage evolves from romantic idyll in a tasteful Manhattan townhouse to a dispiriting soap opera of tears and treachery. And, with Eve`s dramatic revelation to the gossip columnist Bryden Grant of her husband`s life of “espionage” for the Soviet Union, the relationship enlarges from private drama into national scandal. Set in the heart of the McCarthy era, the story of Iron Rinn`s denunciation and disgrace is narrated years later by his brother, Murray Ringold, whose former student, the adolescent Nathan Zuckerman, was the radio actor`s adoring protege in the late forties. It is a story of cruelty, humiliation, betrayal, and revenge spilling over into the public arena from their origins in Ira`s turbulent personal life. In Roth`s previous novel- the Pulitzer Prize winner American Pastoral– we heard the terrifying, heartrending story of Swede Levov, a decent American meeting his indecent destiny in an America torn apart in the sixties by the Vietnam War. The novel I Married a Communist continues Roth`s brilliant fictional portrayl of a post-war history in which private needs and public acts are inextricably joined- and in which the consequences are as harrowing for the country as for the Levovs and the Ringolds of Roth`s meticulously resurrected American ruin, Newark, New Jersey.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Philip
Roth

Philip Roth, in full Philip Milton Roth, (born March 19, 1933, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.—died May 22, 2018, New York, New York), American novelist and short-story writer whose works are characterized by an acute ear for dialogue, a concern with Jewish middle-class life, and the painful entanglements of sexual and familial love. In Roth’s later years his works were informed by an increasingly naked preoccupation with mortality and with the failure of the aging body and mind.

Philip Roth, in full Philip Milton Roth, (born March 19, 1933, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.—died May 22, 2018, New York, New York), American novelist and short-story writer whose works are characterized by an acute ear for dialogue, a concern with Jewish middle-class life, and the painful entanglements of sexual and familial love. In Roth’s later years his works were informed by an increasingly naked preoccupation with mortality and with the failure of the aging body and mind.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
22/10/1998
Country
United States
Original Language
English
Author
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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