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The Stories of Bernard Malamud

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Compassionate and profound in their wry humor, this collection of stories captures the poetry of human relationships at the point where reality and imagination meet.

ebook, 368 pages
Published October 1st 1983 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1950)
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Realini
The German Refugee by Bernard Malamud

This is an excellent story, which was to be expected. Bernard Malamud is the author of a novel, The Assistant, included in the TIME Top 100 best books. I have read about a quarter of The Assistant and realized that I love it so much, that I want to prolong the pleasure, so it is now in standby.
The German Refugee could have been I case where I come with expectations and get disappointed. However, I started reading without being attentive to the author, this b
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Carlo Turco
Una antologia di racconti di Bernard Malamud, scritti tra il 1940 e il 1983, che secondo Eraldo Affinati - nella sua interessante introduzione - rappresentano il meglio della narrativa breve dell'autore, e che altrettanto sicuramente sono tra i migliori della letteratura statunitense. Unico neo - che forse lo stesso Affinati avrebbe potuto contribuire ad eliminare - le sciatterie di una edizione italiana che qui e là presenta evidenti strafalcioni nelle concordanze tra aggettivi, nomi, verbi e p ...more
Paola
Questi 22 racconti offrono una rappresentazione dettagliatamente semplice della vita esteriore e interiore dei loro protagonisti, ebrei americani emigrati dai tanti shtetlekh dell'Europa dell'est, dalle piccole vite di cui Malamud ne racconta un piccolo fotogramma.
Sono uomini e donne che arrancano nella quotidiana ricerca di senso e direzione, nell'eterna ricerca di soddisfacimento dei piccoli e grandi bisogni che l'umano vivere fa sorgere in tutti noi e nella disperazione di relazioni insoddis
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James
A serious collection of tales, mostly moral and religious but not particularly mystical. The characters are often at turning points in their lives which provides for reading interest as one follows their choices and the results of those choices. Many of these stories are dense with stubborn character, the grim truculence of people refusing to let go of the tattered remnant of pride and glory left to them. The earliest stories in the collection, written when Malamud was in his late 20's and early ...more
Ed Broderick
Bernard Malamud's writing is so beautiful. He doesn't write about beautiful things, to be sure; but his sentences are clear, concise, and filled with information.
Here's the first sentence of his story "The Mourners": "Kessler, formerly an egg candler, lived along on Social Security." So simple, yet so elegant, and right away you know so much about the man. There'a a reason Flannery O'Connor wrote, about Malamud, "I have discovered a short-story writer who is better than any of them, including m
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Koen Kop
After such great novels as "A New Life" and "The Assistant", these short stories are a major disappointment
robert
Lots of magic and reads really quickly. my problem is the twists at the end sometimes didn't quite have the resonance i wanted. Of the four i read my favorite was angel levine, followed by the jewbird, idiot's first, and the magic barrel.
Shari Marks
My Favorite Color is Black - powerful tale of racism and Anti-Semitism in NYC. Still relevant.
Maurice
Many surprising perceptions of the american scene by an accomplished jewish writer.
Alinola
Racconti splendidi, precisi, umani.
Erano anni che non mi commuovevo così.
Matt
Mr. Malamud is genius, needless to say. Fantastical, but grittily grounded.
Kevin Gallan
13/350
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Bernard Malamud was an author of novels and short stories. Along with Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, he was one of the great American Jewish authors of the 20th century. His baseball novel, The Natural, was adapted into a 1984 film starring Robert Redford. His 1966 novel The Fixer, about antisemitism in Tsarist Russia, won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
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