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Bernard Malamud; Introduction by Thomas Mallon
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks, September 2003
ISBN: 978-0-374-52882-9, ISBN10: 0-374-52882-9,
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 376 pages,
Trade Paperback, $17.00
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(1979) us a compassionate, wry commedia, a novel described by Thomas Mallon in his introduction as "a nervy, even brave, book" whose reissue "should extend not only Malamud's readership but also our thoughts about the biographer's art."
Its protagonist is one of Malamud's finest characters: prizewinning biographer William Dubin, who learns, or so he thinks, from the lives of others—his subjects, his wife, his children, his lover. Now in later middle age, he seeks for the first time his own secret self, and the obsession of biography is supplanted by the obsession of love.
is a rich, subtle book, as well as a moving tale of love and marriage.
, for my money, is certainly Malamud's best novel since
. Possibly, it is the best he has written of all."—
The New York Times
About the Author(s)
(1914-1986) published eight novels, including
, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.
The Magic Barrel
, a collection of short stories, also won the National Book Award. Born in Brooklyn, Malamud was a beloved teacher for many years at Bennington College in Vermont.
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