Bernard Malamud

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Bernard Malamud (1914-1986) was an American author. His works include: The Natural (1961), The Fixer (1967), The Magic Barrel (1958), The Tenants (1971), God's Grace (1982), and A New Life (1988). He won a Pulitzer Prize for The Fixer and a National Book Award for The Fixer and The Magic Barrel. He won a Pulitzer Prize for The Fixer[1]

Life and Works

Malamud was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 26, 1914.[2] His father was a Russian-Jewish immigrant and grocery store-owner, and his mother a theater fan who died when Malamud was 15.[3] He attended a city college and taught at various high schools, but did not begin writing until after the Holocaust.[4]

Most of his works use depressing material to form cosmic comedy in a religious style, and depict Jewish life in America.[5] His The Natural tells the story of a baseball player, while his The Assistant tells the story of a Jewish grocery owner whose store has been robbed trying to make ends meet.[3] In The Fixer, he speaks of a Jewish handyman imprisoned for the murder of a Christian boy in tsarist Russia.[5][3] He died on March 18, 1986 in New York.[2][6]