The Magic Barrel

The Magic Barrel

by Bernard Malamud
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The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud

Bernard Malamud's first book of short stories, The Magic Barrel, has been recognized as a classic from the time it was published in 1959. The stories are set in New York and in Italy (where Malamud's alter ego, the struggleing New York Jewish Painter Arthur Fidelman, roams amid the ruins of old Europe in search of his artistic patrimony); they tell of egg candlers and shoemakers, matchmakers, and rabbis, in a voice that blends vigorous urban realism, Yiddish idiom, and a dash of artistic magic.

The Magic Barrel is a book about New York and about the immigrant experience, and it is high point in the modern American short story. Few books of any kind have managed to depict struggle and frustration and heartbreak with such delight, or such artistry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671782085
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 01/01/1972
Pages: 192

About the Author

Bernard Malamud (1914-1986) also wrote eight novels, he won the Pulitzer Prize and a second National Book award for The Fixer. Born in Brooklyn, he taught for many years at Bennington College in Vermont.

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1914

Date of Death:

March 18, 1986

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York

Place of Death:

New York, New York


B.A., City College of New York, 1936; M.A., Columbia University, 1942

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Magic Barrel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This whole collection is a gem. The first story, however, is a diamond. The others, mere pebbles by comparrison. Recomended to all lovers of the short story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful!!! I loved the first story in the book... a man who can make a girl fall in love with him through books!!! It just doesn't get better than that!!! I am a short story connoisseur, and these tales whetted my appetite without leaving a bad aftertaste as is sometimes the case with short stories.
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DO A BARREL ROLL"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i have to admit the first story was great!!! The story's following had TERRIBLE endings. I mean they had you going thinkin it was going to end good but out of nowhere it just turned into this messed up life. And i swear the guy has a serious issue with Jewish people. I guess if you like the bad ending storys then i would suggest you go for it but if not i would leave the book alone.