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Bernard Malamud (1914–1986)

Author of The Fixer

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About the Author

Bernard Malamud was born in 1914 in New York City and later received his B. A. from City College of New York and his M. A. from Columbia University. All of Malamud's works are highly respected, including "Armistice" (his first), "The Magic Barrel," which won the National Book Award, "The Fixer," show more which received a Pulitzer Prize. "The Assistant," "The Natural," "The Fixer," and "The Angel Levine," which were all adapted as films. Bernard Malamud died in 1986. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Bernard Malamud

The Fixer (1966) 2,293 copies, 34 reviews
The Natural (1952) 2,041 copies, 39 reviews
The Assistant (1957) 1,580 copies, 29 reviews
The Magic Barrel: Stories (1955) 722 copies, 10 reviews
The Tenants (1971) — Author — 567 copies, 7 reviews
Dubin's Lives (1979) 514 copies, 4 reviews
The Complete Stories (1997) 486 copies, 1 review
A New Life (1961) 410 copies, 6 reviews
God's Grace (1982) 385 copies, 6 reviews
Pictures of Fidelman (1969) 253 copies, 3 reviews
The Stories of Bernard Malamud (1981) 222 copies, 1 review
Rembrandt's Hat (1973) 217 copies, 2 reviews
Idiots First (1963) 203 copies, 3 reviews
A Malamud Reader (1967) 60 copies
Two Novels: The Natural and the Assistant (1957) 35 copies, 1 review
Talking Horse (1980) 33 copies
I primi sette anni e altri racconti (1974) 21 copies, 1 review
Racconti (2008) 9 copies, 1 review
The Jewbird {story} (1980) 8 copies
Cuentos reunidos (2011) 4 copies
Los Premios Pulitzer de Novela Vol.VIII (1971) — Contributor — 4 copies
L'homme dans le tiroir (1980) 3 copies
Le meilleur (2015) 3 copies
הדיירים 3 copies
Tutti i racconti (2019) 3 copies
Two fables 2 copies
Tamirci (2013) 2 copies
Sihirli Fıçı (2019) 2 copies
Kiev'deki Adam (2015) 1 copy
Cuentos (1901) 1 copy
℗L'℗uomo di Kiev (2017) 1 copy, 1 review
No title 1 copy
ha-Dayarim 1 copy
Angel Levine 1 copy
ha-ʻOzer 1 copy
Kiracı (2023) 1 copy
Nowe życie 1 copy
העוזר 1 copy
2 Novels: The Natural & The Assistant (1957) 1 copy, 1 review
Το μαγικό βαρέλι (1994) 1 copy, 1 review
No title 1 copy
Az első hét esztendő 1 copy, 1 review

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories of the Century (2000) — Contributor — 1,571 copies, 10 reviews
My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead (2008) — Contributor — 769 copies, 20 reviews
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (1992) — Contributor — 760 copies, 3 reviews
The World of the Short Story: A 20th Century Collection (1986) — Contributor — 464 copies, 4 reviews
The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales (1993) — Contributor — 369 copies, 6 reviews
The Granta Book of the American Short Story (1992) — Contributor — 369 copies, 1 review
Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short Stories (1984) — Contributor — 363 copies, 6 reviews
Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker (2000) — Contributor — 355 copies
Baseball: A Literary Anthology (2002) — Contributor — 337 copies, 4 reviews
Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction (1974) — Contributor — 296 copies, 6 reviews
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Contributor — 282 copies, 4 reviews
The Treasury of American Short Stories (1981) — Contributor — 269 copies, 1 review
Great Jewish Short Stories (1963) — Author, some editions — 239 copies, 1 review
Sudden Fiction International: Sixty Short-Short Stories (1989) — Contributor — 213 copies
The Penguin Book of American Short Stories (1969) — Contributor — 189 copies, 1 review
9th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F (1964) — Contributor — 169 copies, 3 reviews
New York Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) (2011) — Contributor, some editions — 158 copies, 5 reviews
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic (1990) — Contributor — 153 copies, 3 reviews
The Jewish caravan : great stories of twenty-five centuries (1935) — Contributor, some editions — 133 copies
The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (1998) — Contributor — 132 copies, 2 reviews
The Schocken Book of Contemporary Jewish Fiction (1992) — Contributor — 125 copies, 1 review
American Short Stories (1976) — Contributor, some editions — 95 copies
Neurotica: Jewish Writers on Sex (1999) — Contributor — 86 copies
Great Esquire Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 71 copies, 2 reviews
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contributor — 69 copies, 1 review
Great Tales of Mystery and Suspense (1981) — Contributor — 63 copies
The Jewish Writer (1998) — Contributor — 53 copies
The Arbor House Treasury of Mystery and Suspense (1981) — Contributor — 52 copies
Point of Departure (1967) — Contributor — 49 copies, 1 review
Great Baseball Stories (1979) — Contributor — 47 copies
Modern Jewish stories (1963) — Contributor — 36 copies
Fifty Best American Short Stories 1915-1965 (1965) — Contributor — 36 copies, 1 review
Partisan Review: The 50th Anniversary Edition (1905) — Contributor — 32 copies, 1 review
The Best American Short Stories 1964 (1964) — Contributor — 25 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1979 (1979) — Contributor — 25 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1973 (1973) — Contributor — 23 copies
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Contributor — 22 copies, 1 review
The Best American Short Stories 1969 (1969) — Contributor — 21 copies
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contributor — 21 copies, 1 review
The Best American Short Stories 1959 (1959) — Contributor — 13 copies
Story to Anti-Story (1979) — Contributor — 13 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1955 (1955) — Contributor — 13 copies
Penguin Modern Stories 1 (1969) — Contributor — 11 copies, 1 review
The Playboy Book of Short Stories (1995) — Contributor — 11 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1960 (1960) — Contributor — 11 copies
An Anthology of Angels (1996) — Contributor — 11 copies
The Angel Levine [1970 film] (1970) — Writer — 10 copies, 2 reviews
Best modern short stories (1965) — Contributor — 8 copies
Moderne joodse verhalen (1964) — Contributor — 7 copies
Het derde Testament : Joodse verhalen (1995) — Contributor, some editions — 7 copies
Life Styles (2001) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1951 (1951) — Contributor — 6 copies
Moderne Amerikaanse verhalen — Contributor — 3 copies
Enjoying Stories (1987) — Contributor — 2 copies
Introduction to Fiction (1974) — Contributor — 1 copy
Modern Choice 2 — Contributor — 1 copy

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The Assistant is a book you brood over after finishing, because the questions its characters ask—what does it mean to be a Jew?—and the questionable actions they take—working for a man you have robbed at gunpoint, having sex with a woman you have just rescued from being raped—are the powerful relics of purpose-driven writing, of a time when books were serious examinations of some aspect of society, rather than formulaic accumulations of ideology.

Bernard Malamud intertwines the lives of two down-on-their-luck characters, Morris Bober, the Jewish owner of a failing grocery store in Brooklyn, and Frank Alpine, a drifter whose tenuous connection to the grocery store, its owner and his family devolves over time as the truth behind his motivation for helping out at the store is slowly revealed. Bober, as the archetypal Jew, struggles to overcome the harms inflicted on him by an unfair world; Alpine, haunted by images of Saint Francis of Assisi, struggles to overcome the self-inflicted harms resulting from his own poor choices.

The Assistant plays the boredom of working in a store where hours pass without a single customer and the slow process of wooing a reluctant woman against sudden, seemingly Deus ex machina acts of criminality and violence as the push and pull on Frank as he works out who he is. The use of an omniscient third-person narrator is particularly effective, subtly providing the reader multiple perspectives to highlight the contrasts between not just Bober and Alpine but also what each character of the novel portrays.

The Assistant is ultimately a redemption story which focuses on the worthiness of faith, regardless of whether one is rewarded, while leaving unresolved what Frank gains in converting to Judaism, relinquishing the metaphorical vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience he has taken in choosing to run Bober's store for a life of suffering implied through Bober's example.
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skavlanj | 28 other reviews | Feb 10, 2024 |
Reason Read: TIOLI, ROOT

I received only the short story The Magic Barrel and that is what I am reviewing. The story is of a young man who has been busy in college and has no social life. He contacts a marriage broker, Salzman to remedy this problem. Salzman offers a young window (rejected), an older lady, school teacher, and a young girl with a lame foot. Finkler rejects all of these. He eventually agrees to meet the school teacher and comes to the realization that he has never loved any one even God. Later he finds a small picture of a young girl that he falls in love with and insists that she is the one. Salzman tells him that she is not the one. Later he agrees to let them meet (he is her father) and the girl is dressed in a red dress and white shoes. Her father is behind the wall saying the prayer of the dead. The ending is ambiguous. Is this girl trouble, is this the new generation of Americans, or was it a trick of the father to marry off his daughter.… (more)
 
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Kristelh | 9 other reviews | Jul 17, 2023 |
I was lead to this novel by comments that J. Epstein made in his biographical essays, mostly running down Saul Bellow. While reading it, I suddenly realized that I had seen the movie of it in the late 60's with the YPS of TBE. Sometimes I think that it is a good idea to be reminded of what imprisonment is like, before we give our consent to locking up every African-American who has some marijuana.
 
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markm2315 | 33 other reviews | Jul 1, 2023 |
This is a set of short stories by one of America's most gifted authors. Most of the stories are allegorical, but reference everyday situations from Malamud's childhood in New York. The characters are dynamic and humorous and each story is rich enough to stand on its own.
 
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