Bernard Malamud Reading “The Mourners” from The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud audiobook

Bernard Malamud Reading “The Mourners” from The Magic Barrel: From Great American Authors Read from Their Works, Volume 2

By Bernard Malamud
Read by Bernard Malamud

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The Great American Authors Read from Their Works Series

0.27 Hours Unabridged
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"The Mourners" comes from Malamud's National Book Award–winning collection, The Magic Barrel, about poor immigrant Jews—grocers, tailors, janitors, cobblers—whose suffering transcends the particular to become universal. Set in a cheap rooming house whose landlord and janitor join forces to evict a poor and aged Jewish tenant, the story ends with Gruber, the landlord, morally transformed by the sight of his tenant's misery. As compassion replaces cruelty, the two men mourn together. In Malamud's reading, the sudden descent of grace on the adversaries emerges with poignant force.

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"The Mourners" comes from Malamud's National Book Award–winning collection, The Magic Barrel, about poor immigrant Jews—grocers, tailors, janitors, cobblers—whose suffering transcends the particular to become universal. Set in a cheap rooming house whose landlord and janitor join forces to evict a poor and aged Jewish tenant, the story ends with Gruber, the landlord, morally transformed by the sight of his tenant's misery. As compassion replaces cruelty, the two men mourn together. In Malamud's reading, the sudden descent of grace on the adversaries emerges with poignant force.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In the short story, Malamud achieved an almost psalm-like compression. He has been called the Jewish Hawthorne, but he might just as well be thought a Jewish Chopin, a prose composer of preludes and nocturnes.” Partisan Review
“There are thirteen stories in The Magic Barrel and every one of them is a small, highly individualized work of art. This is the kind of book that calls for not admiration but gratitude.” Chicago Tribune

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Author Bio: Bernard Malamud

Author Bio: Bernard Malamud

Bernard Malamud (1914–1986) was an American author of novels and short stories. Born in Brooklyn and educated at Columbia University, he was one of the great American Jewish authors of the twentieth century. His 1966 novel The Fixer, about anti-Semitism in czarist Russia, won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He also authored many short stories, winning a National Book Award for his collection The Magic Barrel. He was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction in 183. He taught English at Oregon State University from 1949 to 1961.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 0.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English