Pictures of Fidelman by Bernard Malamud

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This is the story in art of the painter Arthur Fidelman, born in the Bronx and spending years of his life in Italy--Rome, Milan, Florence and Venice--pursuing his tumultuous career through adventure and misadventure.  What perhaps saved him from disaster (Fidelman is a comic hero whose every next step is a trap sprung by bad luck as though his luck were good) is that he kept his finger in art, perhaps without knowing it seeking "perfection of the life" as well as the work.  Six pictures of Fidelman comprise an exhibition.
 

About Bernard Malamud

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ALAN CHEUSE is the book commentator for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." NICHOLAS DELBANCO directs the Hopwood Awards program and the MFA in writing program at the University of Michigan.
 
Published December 23, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 128 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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