Malamud, Bernard (1914–86). U.S. novelist and short story writer. He won a National Book Award for his stories in The Magic Barrel (1958) and the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Fixer (1966). Malamud's work deals mainly with Jewish life and traditions in the United States. The heroes of his books are often humble, solitary individuals, though Dubin's Lives (1979) marked a departure in subject matter.