By Philip Roth
Radio actor Iron Rinn (born Ira Ringold) is a giant Newark roughneck blighted through a brutal own mystery from which he's eternally in flight. An idealistic Communist, a self-educated ditchdigger grew to become well known performer, a six-foot six-inch Abe Lincoln look-alike, he marries the nation's reigning radio actress and cherished silent-film celebrity, the beautiful Eve body (born Chava Fromkin). Their marriage evolves from a glamorous, romantic idyll right into a dispiriting cleaning soap opera of tears and treachery. And with Eve's dramatic revelation to the gossip columnist Bryden provide of her husband's lifetime of "espionage" for the Soviet Union, the connection enlarges from deepest drama into nationwide scandal. Set within the center of the McCarthy period, the tale of Iron Rinn's denunciation and shame brings to harrowing lifestyles the human drama that was once valuable to the nation's political tribulations at nighttime years of betrayal, the blacklist, and naming names. I Married a Communist is an American tragedy as in basic terms Philip Roth might write it.
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Instead of peace the nations had got more armaments and more debts. Instead of prosperity had come a financial collapse in Wall Street, and all were trembling lest it spread to the rest of the world. XI All this wasn’t the most cheerful line of conversation for a sightseeing jaunt; so Lanny talked about some of the journalists and writers whom he had met at this conference, and forbore to refer to the tragic episode which had cut short his stay in Genoa. But later, when Irma and Rahel had gone back to the yacht, he went for a stroll with Hansi and Bess, and they talked about the Italian Syndicalist leader who had set them to thinking on the subject of social justice.
And how was the man who raised angleworms making out? ” He hoped that, if Ezra Hackabury was dead, some member of his family might be moved to reply. But local officers would hardly know about that old-time misadventure, or crossquestion fashionable people coming ashore from a private yacht; they could hardly check every tourist by the records of the Fascist militi in Rome. Mr. Hackabury had had the same idea. Lanny’s father had been here, trying to get a share; it had been his first fiasco, and the beginning of a chain of them for all parties concerned.
VII The company went ashore in the crowded city, which had once been the capital of the Moslem world, and now was known as Istanbul. ” Through the crowded street came a fire-engine with a great clangor; a modern one, painted a brilliant red—but Lanny saw in imagination the young Zaharoff riding the machine, busy with schemes to collect for his services. Were they still called tulumbadschi? And did they still charge to put out your fire—or to let it burn, as you preferred? ” The Soviet Union was in the middle of the Five-Year Plan, and miracles were confidently expected.