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Awards

Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction 1959

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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.

Review:

"In the short story, Malamud achieved an almost psalm-like compression. He has been called the Jewish Hawthorne, but he might just as well be thought a Jewish Chopin, a prose composer of preludes and noctures." Partisan Review

Review:

"There are thirteen stories in The Magic Barrel and every one of them is a small, highly individualized work of art. This is the kind of book that calls for not admiration but gratitude." The Chicago Tribune

Synopsis:

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.

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.

Table of Contents

The first seven years — The mourners — The girl of my dreams — Angel Levine — Behold the key — Take pity — The prison — The Lady of the Lake — A summer's reading — The bill — The last Mohican — The loan — The magic barrel.

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lukas, December 21, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)
One of Bernard "Big Mal" Malamud's signature works, this collection of short stories won the National Book Award. Unlike some of his contemporaries (Roth, Bellow), Malamud was less interested in intellectuals and writers than in the common people of NYC: tailors, janitors, shopkeepers, census takers and high school drop outs. He has a few stories set in Italy, one about a painter that may be influenced by Hawthorne's "The Marble Faun." These are understated, slice of life stories that give a nice sense of the immigrant experience in the late 50s. Introduction by Jhumpa "Jhumping, Jhumping" Lahhiri.
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alan, March 25, 2008 (view all comments by alan)
slight mistake here~~~Jhumpa Lahiri has written an introduction to this edition of Bernard Malamud's wonderful collection of short stories~~~she certainly is not the "author'~~~
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374525866
Author:
Malamud, Bernard
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Introduction by:
Lahiri, Jhumpa
Introduction:
Lahiri, Jhumpa
Author:
Lahiri, Jhumpa
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Manners and customs
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
61
Publication Date:
20030731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
New Introduction
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
8.24 x 5.49 x 0.61 in

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"Review" by , "In the short story, Malamud achieved an almost psalm-like compression. He has been called the Jewish Hawthorne, but he might just as well be thought a Jewish Chopin, a prose composer of preludes and noctures."
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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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