visión de conjunto:Críticas A rich original of the first rank (Saul Bellow)One of the best writers in the English language... His work embeds itself into one's consciousness and refuses to be dislodged (Sunday Times)The Natural by Bernard Malamud shows the agony destruction and pathos that come often with great sports talent (Sid Waddell sports commentator Independent)This book established that we could have a serious adult baseball novel by playing with the parallels between mythical elements in the game and mythical elements in literature (Chicago Tribune)Bernard Malamud's The Natural that still leads the field [for novels about baseball]. It is one of the landmarks of a period in US fiction when Jewish novelists dominated the scene with work of the highest ambition (Metro) Reseña del editor This is a book about heroism - of sorts. Roy Hobbs has an immense natural gift for playing baseball. He could become one of the great ones of the game a player unmatched in his time - a hero. But his first hard-won big chance ends violently at the hands of a crazy girl and then it is years before he gets another shot. At last in a few short seasons or never he must achieve the towering reputation that he feels is his right. Biografía del autor Bernard Malamud one of America's most important novelists and short-story writers was born in Brooklyn in 1914. He took his B.A. degree at the City College of New York and his M.A. at Colombia University. From 1940 to 1949 he taught in various New York schools and then joined the staff of Oregon State University where he stayed until 1961. Thereafter he taught at Bennington State College Vermont. His remarkable and uncharacteristic first novel The Natural appeared in 1952. Malamud received international acclaim with the publication of The Assistant (1957 winner of the Rosenthal Award and the Daroff Memorial Award). His other works include The Magic Barrel (1958 winner of the National Book Award) Idiots First (1963 short stories) The Fixer (1966 winner of a second National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize) Pictures of Fidelman (1969) The Tenants (1971) Rembrandt's Hat (1973 short stories) Dubin's Lives (1979) and God's Grace (1982). Bernard Malamud was made a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters USA in 1964 a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1967 and won a major Italian award the Premio Mondello in 1985. Benard Malamud died in 1986.