I Married a Communist
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I Married a Communist is the story of the rise and fall of Ira Ringold, a big American roughneck who begins life as a teenage ditch digger in 1930s Newark, becomes a big-time 1940s radio star, and is destroyed, both as a performer and a man, in the McCarthy witch-hunt of the 1950s. In his heyday as a star - and as a zealous, bullying supporter of 'progressive' political causes - Ira married Hollywood's beloved silent-film star, Eve Frame. Their glamorous honeymoon in her Manhattan townhouse is short-lived, however, and it is the publication of Eve's scandalous bestselling expose that identifies him as 'an American taking his orders from Moscow'. In this story of cruelty, betrayal, and revenge spilling over into the public arena from their origins in Ira's turbulent personal life, Philip Roth has written a brilliant fictional portrayal of that treacherous post-war epoch when anti-Communist fever not only infected national politics but traumatised the intimate, innermost lives of friends and families, husbands and wives, parents and children.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 24mm | 240g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 0099287838
  • 9780099287834
  • 76,059

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The Newark news from New Jersey's finest writer. This is the story of a popular entertainer, Iron Rinn, a man who looks like Abe Lincoln and thinks like Leon Trotsky. He marries a beautiful film star and, this being Philip Roth, no man is going to get away with that; treachery and betrayal wait in the wings. The events take place during the dark years of McCarthyism, but the author makes it clear that denunciation and disgrace are the due of anyone who stands up and tries to make a difference. The gripes of Roth continue to fascinate. (Kirkus UK)

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"A passionate and coruscating American tragedy" Financial Times "Knotted with energy, barely wasting a scene or word in its cracking velocity" Mail on Sunday "Quintessential Philip Roth" Sunday Telegraph "A magnificent novel of ideas, a disquisition on the fallout of the death of ideology" Observer "Roth explores our expedients and tragedies with a masterly, often unnerving, blend of tenderness, harshness, insight and wit...a gripping novel" New York Times Book Review

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About Philip Roth

In 1997, Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral. In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House and in 2002 the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, previously awarded to John Dos Passos, William Faulkner and Saul Bellow, among others. He has twice won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has won the PEN/Faulkner Award three times. In 2005 The Plot Against America received the Society of American Historians' Prize for "the outstanding historical novel on an American theme for 2003-2004." Recently Roth received PEN's two most prestigious prizes: in 2006 the PEN/Nabokov Award 'for a body of work...of enduring originality and consummate craftmanship' and in 2007 the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for achievement in American Fiction, given to a writer whose 'scale of achievement over a sustained career...places him or her in the highest rank of American literature.' Roth is the only living American writer to have his work published in a comprehensive, definitive edition by the Library of America. The last of the eight volumes is scheduled for publication in 2013.

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