Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Magic Barrel
Bernard Malamud


In this collection of stories Malamud displays his great gifts as a writ: his humour, his profound concern for all human life and his ability to transmute common things and people into a strange poetry. Many of his characters are Jewish (the title story, for example, is about a rabbinical student trying to find a wife through a very peculiar marriage broker) but through his gentle and haunting exploration of their predicaments he illuminates a region that is common to every man’s world.

Paperback, 192pp
Vintage Classics, 2002 (1958)
ISBN 9780099436980