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The Tenants

Bernard Malamud

Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, 1971
ISBN 10: 0374272905 / ISBN 13: 9780374272906
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Title: The Tenants

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 1971

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition


" This compact and explosive work may well be Bernard Malamud's best novel. As a portrait of the terror and violence of racial confrontation, as a study of the lonely anguish of the writer, as a lyrical metaphor of human relations in our time, The Tenants os a superb book". Book in near fine condition, signed by author on ffe, fine black stain on top and untrimmed fore edge. Jacket in priced ($6.95) and would be fine except for minor wear at spine ends. First printing stated. Bookseller Inventory # 000655

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Synopsis: With a new introduction by Aleksandar Hemon

In The Tenants (1971), Bernard Malamud brought his unerring sense of modern urban life to bear on the conflict between blacks and Jews then inflaming his native Brooklyn. The sole tenant in a rundown tenement, Henry Lesser is struggling to finish a novel, but his solitary pursuit of the sublime grows complicated when Willie Spearmint, a black writer ambivalent toward Jews, moves into the building. Henry and Willie are artistic rivals and unwilling neighbors, and their uneasy peace is disturbed by the presence of Willie's white girlfriend Irene and the landlord Levenspiel's attempts to evict both men and demolish the building. This novel's conflict, current then, is perennial now; it reveals the slippery nature of the human condition, and the human capacity for violence and undoing.

About the Author: Bernard Malamud (1914-86) wrote eight novels; he won the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for The Fixer, and the National Book Award for The Magic Barrell. Born in Brooklyn, he taught for many years at Bennington College in Vermont.

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