The Magic Barrel

By Bernard Malamud; Jhumpa Lahiri (Introduction by); Jhumpa Lahiri (Contribution by)
(Farrar Straus Giroux, Paperback, 9780374525866, 232pp.)

Publication Date: July 2003

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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.




About the Author
Bernard Malamud (1914 1986) wrote eight novels; he won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for The Fixer, and the National Book Award for The Magic Barrel, a book of stories. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he taught for many years at Bennington College in Vermont.

JHUMPA LAHIRIis the author of three books, most recently Unaccustomed Earth. Herdebut collection, "Interpreter of Maladies, " won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She is the recipient ofa Guggenheim fellowship and herwork has been translated into twenty-nine languages.

JHUMPA LAHIRIis the author of three books, most recently Unaccustomed Earth. Herdebut collection, "Interpreter of Maladies, " won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She is the recipient ofa Guggenheim fellowship and herwork has been translated into twenty-nine languages.
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