Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

At the time Bernard Malamud wrote The Natural, critics did not take baseball novels very seriously. What did Malamud inject into his novel that forced critics to take notice?

How is the theme of the American Dream presented in The Assistant?

On what shortcomings of the academic world does Malamud concentrate in The Assistant?

What historic events and conditions of early twentieth-century Russia are important in The Fixer?

By what techniques does Malamud universalize his recognizably Jewish characters and conflicts?