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									Bernard MalamudBernard Malamud
Concerned with many of the moral and spiritual questions at the heart of the Jewish-American experience, Bernard Malamud brought to his fiction the need to ask serious questions in the guise of compelling, page-turning stories. In stories set in America, Europe and Russia, Malamud’s characters speak in a rich, provocative language that captures the ear and shows a master eavesdropper at work.

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Bernard Malamud
Date of Birth:
April 28, 1914
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Date of Death:
March 18, 1986
Place of Death:
New York, New York
B.A., City College of New York, 1936; M.A., Columbia University, 1942
National Book Award for The Magic Barrel, 1959; Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for The Fixer, 1967

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								The Assistant, Author: 
								Bernard Malamud.

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The Assistant
by Bernard Malamud
Malamud's second novel is the tale of a poor drifter who befriends a Jewish grocer and falls in love with the grocer's daughter -- finding himself on a surprising journey toward self-awareness. Published in 1957, this is the book that broke Malamud into the mainstream as a novelist.

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								The Magic Barrel, Author: 
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*  The Natural (1952)
*  The Assistant (1957)
*  The Magic Barrel (stories) (1958)
*  The Fixer (1966)
*  The Complete Stories (1997)

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'It's Story, Story, Story'

"With me, it's story, story, story," Malamud once said. "Writers who can't invent stories often pursue other strategies, even substituting style for narrative. I feel that the story is the basic element of fiction though that ideal is not popular with disciples of the 'new novel.' They remind me of a painter who couldn't paint people, so he painted chairs. The story will be with us as long as man is."

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								The Complete Stories, Author: 
								Bernard Malamud, Robert Giroux (Introduction).

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The Complete Stories
by Bernard Malamud, Robert Giroux (Introduction)
"I have discovered a short-story writer who is better than any of them, including myself," wrote Flannery O'Connor in 1958 -- she was talking about Malamud. See what she means in this career-spanning volume of more than 50 stories.

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								Talking Horse: Bernard Malamud on Life & Work, Author: 
								Bernard Malamud, Nicholas  Delbanco, Alan Cheuse (Editors).

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Talking Horse: Bernard Malamud on Life & Work
by Bernard Malamud, Nicholas Delbanco, Alan Cheuse (Editors)
This compendium of lectures, essays and other ruminations on the writing life from the author is a trove for both Malamud fans and aspiring writers. Also, consider Conversations with Bernard Malamud for a gathering of 28 rare interviews. For a critical look at Malamud's work, see Harold Bloom's installment of the Modern Critical Views Series.

*Conversations with Bernard Malamud  by Bernard Malamud, Lawrence Lasher (Editor)
*Bernard Malamud (Modern Critical Views Series)  by Harold Bloom
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