Overview

THE PARTY LINE is a historical drama. Using real and fictional characters, it intermingles the story of Walter Duranty – the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Moscow correspondent in the 1930s – with the more contemporary story of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn who was assassinated in 2002, on the eve of becoming prime minister. Sheryl Longin and Roger L. Simon have accomplished a breathtaking feat in their imaginative and topical play, The Party Line. The title, as students of Communism know, refers to one’s ...
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Overview

THE PARTY LINE is a historical drama. Using real and fictional characters, it intermingles the story of Walter Duranty – the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Moscow correspondent in the 1930s – with the more contemporary story of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn who was assassinated in 2002, on the eve of becoming prime minister. Sheryl Longin and Roger L. Simon have accomplished a breathtaking feat in their imaginative and topical play, The Party Line. The title, as students of Communism know, refers to one’s adherence to the current position on an issue as outlined by the Communist Party in its heyday. . . .
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Stalin’s Sock Puppet: A new play makes Walter Duranty’s mendacity relevant to our own time

Stefan Kanfer

City Journal

 

The Party Line sharply illuminates the ways in which twentieth-century fellow-travelers convinced themselves that a mass murderer was actually a conscientious and inspired leader—and how twenty-first-century naifs put on blinders to avoid an examination of Islamic terrorism. It’s fitting that Duranty, who thought he could talk his way into any power group, courted producer/director Cecil B. DeMille—only to find that DeMille confused him with Jimmy Durante. But all that came later, when the damage was already done.

As The Party Line implies, it’s impossible to tell whether a similar obscurity awaits today’s enablers of totalitarianism—or if Fortuyn’s haunting message will continue to fall on deaf ears in Europe and America: “In my beloved liberal Netherlands, I must hear that Allah is great, which is perfectly fine, but that I am a dirty pig and that you are a Christian dog. That is what they say and our politicians think that is okay. They accept being walked over, but I cannot be silent and let that happen anymore. . . . So I speak up and confront people. . . . You say it is dangerous and you are right. So then, I will be finished off. Maybe so. But the problems will remain. They will remain.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985905217
  • Publisher: St. Augustine's Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 359 KB

Meet the Author

Roger L. Simon is the author of eleven books, among them the award-winning Moses Wine detective series and a memoir, Turning Right at Hollywood & Vine. He is also the screenwriter of seven feature films, including Enemies, A Love Story and A Better Life, both Academy Award nominated. He is currently CEO of PJ Media.
Sheryl Longin is a screenwriter and author. Among her credits are the films, Dick and Prague Duet, and a novel, Dorian Greyhound: A Dog’s Tale. The Party Line is her first play.
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