God's Grace

A Novel

Bernard Malamud; Introduction by Dara Horn

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"Is he an American Master? Of course. He not only wrote in the American language, he augmented it with fresh plasticity, he shaped our English into startling new configurations." --Cynthia Ozick


God's Grace (1982), Bernard Malamud's last novel, is a modern-day dystopian fantasy, set in a time after a thermonuclear war prompts a second flood-a radical departure from Malamud's previous fiction.
The novel's protagonist is paleolosist Calvin Cohn, who had been attending to his work at the bottom of the ocean when the Devastation struck, and who alone survived. This rabbi's son?a "marginal error"?finds himself shipwrecked with an experimental chimpanzee capable of speech, to whom he gives the name Buz. Soon other creatures appear on their island-baboons, chimps, five apes, and a lone gorilla. Cohn works hard to make it possible for God to love His creation again, and his hopes increase as he encounters the unknown and the unforeseen in this strange new world.
With God's Grace, Malamud took a great risk, and it paid off. The novel's fresh and pervasive humor, narrative ingenuity, and tragic sense of the human condition make it one of Malamud's most extraordinary books.

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 "Malamud is a crafty storyteller, and his Judeo-Christian narrative compels interest and anticipation."
--The New York Times

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Bernard Malamud; Introduction by Dara Horn

Bernard Malamud (1914-1986) wrote eight novels; he won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for The Fixer (FSG, 2004), and the National Book Award for The Magic Barrel (FSG, 2003), a collection of stories. Born in Brooklyn, he taught for many years at Bennington College in Vermont.

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God's Grace
A Novel
Bernard Malamud; Introduction by Dara Horn

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
April 2005
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ISBN: 9780374529673
ISBN10: 0374529671
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
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April 2005
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