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The Natural

Paperback

Author: Malamud, Bernard
ISBN: 9780374502003 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The classical novel (and basis for the acclaimed film) now in a new edition

Introduction by Kevin Baker

The Natural, Bernard MalamudÕs first novel, published in 1952, is also the firstÑand some would say still the bestÑnovel ever written about baseball. In it Malamud, usually appreciated for his unerring portrayals of postwar Jewish life, took on very different materialÑthe story of a superbly gifted ÒnaturalÓ at play in the fields of the old daylight baseball eraÑand invested it with the hardscrabble poetry, at once grand and altogether believable, that runs through all his best work. Four decades later, Alfred KazinÕs comment still holds true: ÒMalamud has done something whichÑnow that he has done it!Ñlooks as if we have been waiting for it all our lives. He has really raised the whole passion and craziness and fanaticism of baseball as a popular spectacle to its ordained place in mythology.Ó

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