Assistant

ISBN-10: 0374504849

ISBN-13: 9780374504847

Edition: 2003

Authors: Bernard Malamud, Jonathan Rosen

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Introduction by Jonathan Rosen Bernard Malamud’s second novel, originally published in 1957, is the story of Morris Bober, a grocer in postwar Brooklyn, who “wants better” for himself and his family. First two robbers appear and hold him up; then things take a turn for the better when broken-nosed Frank Alpine becomes his assistant. But there are complications: Frank, whose reaction to Jews is ambivalent, falls in love with Helen Bober; at the same time he begins to steal from the store. Like Malamud’s best stories, this novel unerringly evokes an immigrant world of cramped circumstances and great expectations. Malamud defined the immigrant experience in a way that has proven vital for several generations of writers.
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 7/7/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Bernard Malamud was born in 1914 in New York City and later received his B. A. from City College of New York and his M. A. from Columbia University. All of Malamud's works are highly respected, including "Armistice" (his first), "The Magic Barrel," which won the National Book Award, "The Fixer," which received a Pulitzer Prize. "The Assistant," "The Natural," "The Fixer," and "The Angel Levine," which were all adapted as films. Bernard Malamud died in 1986.

Jonathan Rosen is the author of Eve's Apple and the culture editor of the Forward. He lives in New York City.

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