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date: 16 June 2024

Malamud, Bernardlocked

Malamud, Bernardlocked

  • Sanford Pinsker

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In an 1 April 1968 interview with the Jerusalem Post, Bernard Malamud offered up the proposition that “every man is a Jew though he may not know it.” The quip, slightly altered, enjoyed an oft-reprinted life as “all men are Jews.” In some circles, the apocryphal version was taken as a comment on Malamud's universality; in others, it served as the flip side of Philip Roth's credo of edgy social realism: all Jews are men. During the heyday of the Jewish-American renaissance, the respective shorthands were used (and often misused) to distinguish Malamud's gentle soulfulness from Roth's biting satire.

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  • North American Literatures

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