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Dubin's Lives

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William Dublin is middle-aged, a distinguished biographer seeking increased accomplishment and the key to his inner feelings. His marriage is stable if unexciting, and he lives comfortably with his wife in Vermont. Then his imagination is caught by Fanny, a young girl of twenty-three, and he is thrown into an intense, erotic love affair that threatens to destroy his measured, disciplined world and the lives of those around him.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 23mm | 278g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099289865
  • 9780099289869

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"Bernard Malamud has one of the greatest of a novelist's gifts. One believes everything he says...Dubin's Lives is another of his unaffected successes" * Financial Times * "Masterly and hypnotic...I can't recall a more tender portrait of a marriage, or a more beautifully incisive, exact and well-judged chronicle of the longings - not just, but chiefly, erotic - that can owrry away at such a bond" * Observer * "A rich book, generous in what it offers, a work that significantly extends the range of one of America's finest writers" * New York Times Book Review *show more

About Bernard Malamud

Bernard Malamud, one of America's most important novelists and short-story writers, was born in Brooklyn in 1914. He took his B.A. degree at the City College of New York and his M.A. at Colombia University. From 1940 to 1949 he taught in various New York schools, and then joined the staff of Oregon State University, where he stayed until 1961. Thereafter, he taught at Bennington State College, Vermont. His remarkable, and uncharacteristic first novel, The Natural, appeared in 1952. Malamud received international acclaim with the publication of The Assistant (1957, winner of the Rosenthal Award and the Daroff Memorial Award). His other works include The Magic Barrel (1958, winner of the National Book Award), Idiots First (1963, short stories), The Fixer (1966, winner of a second National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize), Pictures of Fidelman (1969), The Tenants (1971), Rembrandt's Hat (1973, short stories), Dubin's Lives (1979) and God's Grace (1982). Bernard Malamud was made a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, USA, in 1964, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1967, and won a major Italian award, the Premio Mondello, in 1985. Benard Malamud died in 1986.show more

Review Text

"Bernard Malamud has one of the greatest of a novelist's gifts. One believes everything he says...Dubin's Lives is another of his unaffected successes"show more

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'Mastery and hypnotic...beautifully incisive' Observer William Dublin is middle-aged, a distinguished biographer seeking increased accomplishment and the key to his inner feelings. His marriage is stable if unexciting, and he lives comfortably with his wife in Vermont. Then his imagination is caught by Fanny, a young girl of twenty-three, and he is thrown into an intense, erotic love affair that threatens to destroy his measured, disciplined world and the lives of those around him. See also: The Naturalshow more

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297 ratings
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