Bernard Malamud

Bernard Malamud

American writer
Date of Birth: 26.04.1914
Country: USA

Biography of Bernard Malamud

Bernard Malamud was born on April 26, 1914, in the Brooklyn district of New York City, into a Russian-Jewish family. He began his career as a writer in the 1940s, teaching at an evening school. In 1949, he took a position at the University of Oregon, and in 1961, he became a professor at Bennington College in Vermont, where he worked for over 20 years.

Malamud received numerous awards for his work, including the National Book Award twice and the Pulitzer Prize. He was known for his novels, including "The Natural" (1952), "The Assistant" (1957), "The Fixer" (1966), "The Tenants" (1971), "Dubin's Lives" (1979), and "God's Grace" (1982). He also wrote a significant number of short stories, with his best works featured in collections such as "The Magic Barrel" (1958), "Idiots First" (1963), "Rembrandt's Hat" (1973), and "The Stories of Bernard Malamud" (1983).

In his book "Pictures of Fidelman: An Exhibition" (1969), Malamud depicted six separate episodes from the life of a Jewish artist. After his death, a collection of 16 stories and an unfinished novel was published in "The People" (1989).

Malamud's prose is often compared to the works of Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, as they all center their writing on the self-awareness and alienation of American Jews. Combining the poetics of realism and myth, Malamud portrayed the lives of peddlers, tailors, janitors, cleaners, and other downtrodden individuals who are crushed by poverty and their own weaknesses, but nonetheless maintain courage in the face of adversity and occasionally triumph over their fate through perseverance and ironic redemption. In Malamud's artistic universe, being Jewish simply means being human, tormented by one's own flaws and pursued by the outside world, but with paths to salvation, if not for oneself, then at least for one's children.