The Magic Barrel Author:Bernard Malamud 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 pat... more »rimony); 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.
Introduction by Jhumpa Lahiri. Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction.« less
ISBN-13: 9780671782085 ISBN-10: 0671782088 Publication Date: 1/1972 Pages:192 Edition:Pocket Book ed Rating: