Bernard Malamud: Novels & Stories of the 1960s

Bernard Malamud: Novels & Stories of the 1960s

by Bernard Malamud
     
 

Through his distinctive fusion of modernist daring and traditional storytelling, Bernard Malamud became one of postwar America’s most important writers, his work an inspiration for and lasting influence on novelists who have come after him, Cynthia Ozick and Philip Roth most notably among them. The second volume of the Library of America’s Malamud edition… See more details below

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Through his distinctive fusion of modernist daring and traditional storytelling, Bernard Malamud became one of postwar America’s most important writers, his work an inspiration for and lasting influence on novelists who have come after him, Cynthia Ozick and Philip Roth most notably among them. The second volume of the Library of America’s Malamud edition brings together three novels of the 1960s: A New Life (1961), a satiric campus novel set in the Pacific Northwest (based on the author’s experiences at Oregon State), in which native New Yorker Seymour Levin finds himself confronted not only with a new landscape but with erotic intrigue, university politics, and an appointment that isn’t quite what he had expected it to be. The Fixer (1966) is the gripping saga of a Jew imprisoned in prerevolutionary Russia after being falsely accused of the ritual murder of a twelve-year-old boy. The novel-instories Pictures of Fidelman: An Exhibition (1969) follows the comic misadventures, sexual and otherwise, of a failed American painter in Italy. In the ten unforgettable stories concluding the collection, Malamud shows himself to be an heir to the tradition of Hawthorne, Chekhov, and Kafka, and at his best— “Idiots First,” “The Jewbird,” “The German Refugee”— their equal.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Cynthia Ozick
Malamud, a virtuoso of darkest irony, refuses the easy conventions of cynicism and its dry detachment. His stories know suffering, loneliness, lust, confinement, defeat; and even when they are lighter, they tremble with subterranean fragility. Older readers who were familiar with the novels and stories in the years of their earliest publication will recall the wonderment they aroused, beginning with the fables of The Magic Barrel, as each new tale disrupted every prevailing literary expectation. The voice was unlike any other, haunted by whispers of Hawthorne, Babel, Isak Dinesen, even Poe, and at the same time uniquely possessed: a fingerprint of fire and ash. It was as if Malamud were at work in a secret laboratory of language, smelting a new poetics that infused the inflections of one tongue into the music of another. His landscapes, nature's and the mind's, are inimitable; the Malamudian sensibility, its wounded openness to large feeling, has had no successors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598532937
Publisher:
Library of America
Publication date:
02/27/2014
Pages:
992
Sales rank:
736,681
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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