- Theory of Short Fiction (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
- Bernard Malamud (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
- Bernard Malamud (Identities & Issues in Literature)
- Bernard Malamud (Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition)
- Bernard Malamud (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
At a glance:
- Author: Bernard Malamud
- First Published: 1958
- Type of Plot: Adventure
- Time of Work: The 1950’s
- Setting: Rome
- Characters: Arthur Fidelman, Shimon Susskind
- Genres: Short fiction, Adventure
- Subjects: Self-discovery, Traveling or travelers, Art or artists, Jews or Jewish life, Theft, Holocaust, Jewish
- Locales: Europe, Rome, Italy, Italy
As the story opens, Arthur Fidelman, artist manque, arrives at the Rome train depot for a stay of some weeks as part of his yearlong project to pursue research for a critical study of Giotto, only one chapter of which rests in his briefcase. Instead, he meets a refugee named Shimon Susskind, a beggar-peddler, who pursues Fidelman through a series of scenes. In the first scene, Fidelman, responding “Shalom” for the first time in his life, refuses to give Susskind a suit but grudgingly gives him a dollar. The next encounter takes place about a week later, after...
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