Bernard Malamud

A writer who used the Jew as a metaphor for humankind.

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Set in tenement buildings, in dingy stores, and among the peddlers on Canal Street, Malamud’s stories are unrelentingly grim in their subject matter. But the elegance of his parables of sin and solitude and faith, and the verve of his characters, still possessed of a passion for language even as life denies them other pleasures, redeems their forbidding bleakness.

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