Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction
Introduction by Jhumpa Lahiri
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.
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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.
Bernard Malamud (1914–86) wrote eight novels; he won the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for The Fixer, and the National Book Award for The Magic Barrel. 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
Education:B.A., City College of New York, 1936; M.A., Columbia University, 1942
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
DO A BARREL ROLL"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.