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The Magic Barrel: Stories
BERNARD MALAMUD

The Magic Barrel: Stories by Bernard Malamud
13 reviews (1983) (232p)
National Book Award Winner
PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist

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Book Description
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.


Other Award Winning Books by Bernard Malamud
The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
52 reviews (1966) (352p) (PP) (NBA)
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Bernard Malamud Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 4  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 2  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 1 The Fixer ·  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 1 The Fixer ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 0  
National Book Award Wins 2 The Magic Barrel: Stories · The Fixer ·  
National Book Award Nominations 2 The Magic Barrel: Stories · The Fixer ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 1 The Magic Barrel: Stories ·  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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