Vladimir Petrovich Globov
Vladimir Petrovich Globov (vlah-DIH-mihr peh-TROH-vihch GLOH-bov), a public prosecutor during Soviet tyrant Joseph Stalin’s last round of purges. These purges were aimed at Jewish citizens, who were referred to as “rootless cosmopolitans” and “enemies of the people.” A man with a “large spreading trunk” and “hands as heavy as oars,” Globov is an unquestioning follower of the Master’s (Stalin’s) will. He discovers that Dr. S. Y. Rabinovich, a Jewish physician he has prosecuted for alleged activities against the Soviet state, had performed an abortion for Marina, Globov’s wife, who is having an affair with Yury Karlinsky, a public defense attorney. Globov is severely bothered by this deprivation of his embryonic “daughter,” yet he does not protest when his adolescent son, Seryozha, is arrested and sentenced to Siberia for an innocent involvement in political idealism.
Marina, the second wife of Prosecutor Globov. She is an “ideally constructed” woman who spends much of her time trying various cosmetics to stop time’s inexorable erosion of her beauty. She seeks the attention of her husband’s colleagues as a means of assuring herself of her powers of attraction. In a moment of spite, she announces to him that she has had an abortion. Without any real passion, she submits to Karlinsky’s seduction. The arrest of her stepson, Seryozha, does not concern her, although she does later send a box of candy to him in Siberia.
Yury Karlinsky (kahr-LIHN-skee), a public defense...
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