BERNARD MALAMUD THE TENANTS PDF

Like an end is more than I can stand? Each book I write nudges me that much closer to death? Lesser lives alone, in a fetid abandoned slum tenement, shackled to the books he must write when Willie Spearmint moves in. He's also a writer, a self-styled Soul Writer, and not a very good one, but equally shackled to the printed word which may release the experience he's lived: "All day I walk on myself and the shit sticks to my shoes. Be Jewish?

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With The Tenants , his sixth novel, Bernard Malamud took a risk and wrote a book about two writers stuck in a nearly condemned building, in the urban wasteland of an America riddled with conflict. His need to dramatize in fiction a clash between race and individual will, between determination and creation, was clearly made urgent by the events and political transformation of the late sixties.

The urgency is evident both in his reducing the politically vast conflict to bare essentials two writers—an African-American and a Jew—one woman, one empty building, one destroyed manuscript , as well as in his consequent refusal, perhaps even inability, to provide any resolution to the tensions of the book. The Tenants is rife with discord and confusion and unanswerable questions, all leading to an eventual narrative disintegration that closely corresponds to the breakdown of order and civility the book depicts.

Absent is soothing narrative harmony; absent is the recollection in tranquility; but present is the painful immediacy of a world in which writers cannot produce. A library of books exists about the inability to write, but The Tenants is a different beast. At the same time, it reaffirms the need for literature as a mode of human engagement with the world, insufferable though the world may be.

But Malamud, with the instinct of a great writer, pursues the conflict, strives for difficulty, as anything else would be dishonest. Malamud dreams of writerly solidarity, of a situation in which writers of all creeds and colors can first and foremost see themselves as writers.

It is in this gap between the past and the future—in the condemned building whose razing will allow for the building of a new structure—that the battle between Lesser and Willie takes place. But as far back as The Magic Barrel , published some thirteen years before The Tenants , Malamud seemed to be concerned with similar issues, though perhaps they were less pressing at the time. My form is myself! This too suggests that the conflict in The Tenants is not only burningly political but also deeply personal—that in placing the two writers in dialogue, Malamud is in dialogue with himself.

It is precisely this dialogical deep structure that renders The Tenants not only a fascinating book, but a timely one as well, as monologues demanding political and literary complacency increase the need for dialogue. The Tenants is not a book you can read wrapped in a warm blanket by a fireplace while the snow covering everything outside renders the world harmonious.

It will make you angry and conflicted—and alive. Check back for more Malamud…. He lives in Chicago. Born in Brooklyn, he taught for many years at Bennington College in Vermont.

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With The Tenants , his sixth novel, Bernard Malamud took a risk and wrote a book about two writers stuck in a nearly condemned building, in the urban wasteland of an America riddled with conflict. His need to dramatize in fiction a clash between race and individual will, between determination and creation, was clearly made urgent by the events and political transformation of the late sixties. The urgency is evident both in his reducing the politically vast conflict to bare essentials two writers—an African-American and a Jew—one woman, one empty building, one destroyed manuscript , as well as in his consequent refusal, perhaps even inability, to provide any resolution to the tensions of the book. The Tenants is rife with discord and confusion and unanswerable questions, all leading to an eventual narrative disintegration that closely corresponds to the breakdown of order and civility the book depicts. Absent is soothing narrative harmony; absent is the recollection in tranquility; but present is the painful immediacy of a world in which writers cannot produce. A library of books exists about the inability to write, but The Tenants is a different beast. At the same time, it reaffirms the need for literature as a mode of human engagement with the world, insufferable though the world may be.

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First published in , The Tenants is a ruthlessly funny dissection of a relationship of profound unease and mutual destruction. The last remaining tenant in a condemned New York tenement, Harry Lesser struggles against rising panic and escalating odds to complete the novel he started ten years earlier. Then he stumbles on a black man, sitting typing in one of the deserted flats: Willie Spearmint, soul writer. Touchy, hostile and anti-semitic, demanding then denouncing Lesser's critical help with his floridly violent tales of oppression, Spearmint is exactly what Lesser doesn't need - or does he? Bernard Malamud. Bernard Malamud, one of America's most important novelists and short-story writers, was born in Brooklyn in

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