The Magic BarrelBook - 1958
This is Bernard Malamud's first book of short stories. The stories are set in New York and in Italy (where Malamud's alter ego, the struggling New York Jewish Painter Arthur Fidelman, roams amid the ruins of old Europe in search of his artistic patrimony) they tell of egg candlers and shoemakers, matchmakers, and rabbis, in a voice that blends vigorous urban realism, Yiddish idiom, and a dash of artistic magic.
Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus & Cudahy 
Branch Call Number: FIC/MALAMUD
Characteristics: 214 p. 22 cm.