Angel Levine by Malamud

Angel Levine by Malamud - ., Books b y B ernard M alamud B...

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., Books by Bernard Malamud THE NATURAL THE ASSISTANT THE MAGIC BARREL A NEW LIFE IDIOTS FIRST THE FIXER A MALAMUD READER (edited and introdw:ed by Philip Ralw) PICTURES OF FIDELMAN THE TENANTS REMBRANDT'S HAT DUBIN'S LIVES GOO'S GRACE THE STORIES OF BERNARD MALAMUD THE PEOPLE AND UNCOLLECTED STORIES THE COMPLETE STORIES 51 \.'f\~&6L- LE'\.l~N~:/\ NOTICE; THIS MATERIAL MAY BE PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT LAW (TITlE 17, U.s. CODE). Bernard Malamud THE COMPLETE STORIES EDITED AND INTBODU~ED BY ROBERT GIROUX A division if Farrar, Straus and Giroux New York
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F aITIJT, SrraJ£J and GUUIa 19 Union Squarr Wu!, New York 1000} Copyrighl © 1997 by ArIl'l Malamud InC1'Dli.w:lwn © 1997 by Roben Girouz All nghl£ ~s8~d OiJtrihuced in. (.~ by Douglas &- Mdftlyn Lui Prinu:d U1 lM Uniud Slates of Ar1l£nca Ftnt puhli£~d in 1997 by Farro.r, Stro~ and Gm:>uz Finl FarrtJT, StraW ana GiroUI paperback editinn, 1998 79111086 T~ Lamvy of rongrus ha. . (ulaln,f!Ued du. hartkwer ~dl.·rUJn a.r ftllows: Mulamud, Benwrd. {Shewt .\Wrles] TJu romp/ere ,~tories I &rnanl .Malanud ; intruduction by Robert GUUI.U:. p em. ISBN 0-J74-126}9-9 (iliA:. pu.per) 1 Tide. PS)J6}A4A6 1997 81J'.J4--d,:21 97-12J94
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II"" £7- B M -f8> Angel Levine Manischevitz, a tailor, in his fifty-first year suffered many reverses and indignities. Previously a man of comfortable means, he overnight lost all he had when his establishment caught fire, after a metal container of cleaning fluid exploded, and burned to the ground. Al- though Manischevitz was insured against fire, damage suits by two customers who had been hurt in the flames deprived him of every penny he had saved. At almost the same time, his son, of much prom- ise, was killed in the waI, and his daughter. without so much as a word of warning, married a lout and disappeared with him as off the face of the earth. Thereafter Manischevitz was victimized by excru· ciating backaches and found himself tmable to work even as a presser----the only kind of work available to him-for more than an hour or two daily, because beyond that the pain from standing was maddening. His Fanny, a good wife and mother, who had taken in washing and sewing, began before his eyes to waste away. Suffering shortness of breath, she at last became seriously ill and took to her bed. . The doctor, a fonner customer of Manischevitz, who out of pity treated them, at first had difficulty diagnosing her ailment, but later put it down as hardening of the arteries at an advanced stage. He took Manischevitz aside, prescribed complete rest for her, and in whis- pers gave him to know there was little hope. Throughout his trials Manischevitz had remained somewhat stoic, almost unbelieving that all this had descended on his head, as if it were happening. let us· say, to an acquaintance or some distant
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10 BERNARD MALAMUD relative; it was, in sheer quantity of woe, incomprehensible. It Was also ridiculous, unjust, and because he had always been a religioU5 man, an affront to God. Manischevitz believed this in all his suffering.
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