One of Bernard "Big Mal" Malamud's signature works, this collection of short stories won the National Book Award. Unlike some of his contemporaries (Roth, Bellow), Malamud was less interested in intellectuals and writers than in the common people of NYC: tailors, janitors, shopkeepers, census takers and high school drop outs. He has a few stories set in Italy, one about a painter that may be influenced by Hawthorne's "The Marble Faun." These are understated, slice of life stories that give a nice sense of the immigrant experience in the late 50s. Introduction by Jhumpa "Jhumping, Jhumping" Lahhiri.
1959 National Book Award - Fiction
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