The last remaining tenant in a condemned New York tenement, Harry Lesser struggles against rising panic and escalating odds to complete the novel he started ten years earlier, while his landlord Levenspiel cajoles through closed doors with hard-luck tales and substantial cash sums.
Then he stumbles on a black man, sitting typing in one of the deserted flats: Willie Spearmint, soul writer.
Touchy, hostile and anti-semitic - demanding then denouncing Lesser's critical help with his floridly voilent tales of oppression and pogroms against whites - Spearmint is exactly what he doesn't need; or does he?
For each man has his motives...First published in 1971, The Tenants is a pessimistic, ruthlessly funny dissection of a writing and racial relationship of profound unease and -ultimately - mutual creative destruction.
Bernard Malamud won The National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 05/08/1999
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099289876