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Pictures of Fidelman

Bernard Malamud

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

This is the story in art of the painter Arthur Fidelman, born in the Bronx and spending years of his life in Italy--Rome, Milan, Florence and Venice--pursuing his tumultuous career through adventure and misadventure.  What perhaps saved him from disaster (Fidelman is a comic hero whose every next step is a trap sprung by bad luck as though his luck were good) is that he kept his finger in art, perhaps without knowing it seeking "perfection of the life" as well as the work.  Six pictures of Fidelman comprise an exhibition.

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Pictures of Fidelman

 
Fidelman, a self-confessed failure as a painter, came to Italy to prepare a critical study of Giotto, the opening chapter of which he had carried across the ocean in a new pigskin leather brief case, now gripped in his perspiring hand. Also new were his gum-soled oxblood shoes, a tweed suit he had on despite the late-September sun slanting hot in the Roman sky, although there was a lighter one in his bag; and a dacron shirt and set of cotton-dacron underwear, good for quick and easy washing for the traveler. His suitcase, a bulky two-strapped affair
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"Fidelman is ... in the tradition of Malamud's hapless heroes which Marcus Klein called the school of slapstick angst; the funny, sad, self-confessed failure who, while he never succeeds, still triumphs. Unquestionably."
--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Bernard Malamud

  • Acclaimed for his short stories, Bernard Malamud (1914-1986) received two National Book Awards (for The Magic Barrel and the novel The Fixer) and the Pulitzer Prize (for The Fixer). A native of Brooklyn, he taught for many years at Bennington College.
  • Bernard Malamud Copyright Seymour Linden
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Pictures of Fidelman

Bernard Malamud

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