Originally published by Houghton Mifflin Company. THE COMMISSARâS REPORT begins deep in the doldrums of the 1950âs. Stalinâs in the Kremlin shooting intellectuals, Ikeâs on the golf course shooting above par, the KGB and CIA are shooting each other, the Cold War is getting hot, and Dimitri is in love with Enemy Number One. Heâs simply bonkers about all the things that make America great;...
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: 1st Book Library (August 20, 2000)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
Amazon Rank: 898801
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It's been a while since I've picked up a Mad Magazine, but this novel has often reminded me of the black and white comic strip characters who symbolized the struggle of the Cold War. For those who are unfamiliar, or like me, only vaguely remember the...
yn Dodgers, Cadillac convertibles,Bloomingdaleâs, âLife,â âTime,â âFortune,â and pink flamingos. His first problem is that, as a Russian spy, heâs supposed to bee hatching plots to conquer the good old U.S.A. Worse still, heâs becoming, through no fault of his own, one of the wealthiest capitalists in the world.Dimitriâs dilemma is rooted in the dark, deadly days of post-war Stalinist Russia when his father, a member of the secret police, smuggled home contraband copies of âLifeâ magazine. While Dad was at the office liquidating his rivals, Dimitri and his brother were furtively reading âLifeâ at home in the Workerâs Paradise.âFrom every photograph, Enemy Number One drew us into its secrets and mysteries and its power. We soared in its planes and raced in its Buicksâ¦Suddenly we were in Florida, where the nightclub echoed to Latin music and gangsters with blondes sat in velvet chairsâ¦It was the women of Enemy Number One that sent us into ecstasy. The brassiere ads totally wiped us out, as they say. We sat there gaping at these nearly naked creatures with their two white shiny cones beckoning us to illicit thrills. There was nothing like them in our city. All the women were like our mother. Shaped like wood stoves.â