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The Fixer

by Bernard Malamud

Kiev, 1911. When a twelve-year-old Russian boy is found stabbed to death, his body drained of blood, the accusation of ritual murder is levelled at the Jews. Yakov Bok – a handyman hiding his Jewish identity from his anti-Semitic employer – is first outed and blamed. Arrested and imprisoned, Bok refuses to confess to a crime that he did not commit. What becomes of this man under pressure, for whom acquittal is made to seem as hopeless as conviction, is the subject of a terrifying masterpiece of twentieth-century fiction.

Winner of the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

“Brilliant [and] harrowing . . . Historical reality combined with fictional skill and beauty of a high order make [it] a novel of startling importance.”  Elizabeth Hardwick, Vogue

“What makes it a great book, above and beyond its glowing goodness, has to do with something else altogether: its necessity…This novel, like all great novels reminds us that we must do something.” Jonathan Safran Foer

“A literary event in any season.”  Eliot Fremont-Smith, The New York Times


01 January, 1966

About Bernard Malamud

Bernard Malamud (1914-1986) was an American author of novels and short stories. Along with Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, he was one of the great American-Jewish authors of the twentieth century. His baseball novel, The Natural, was adapted into a 1984 film starring Robert Redford. His 1966 novel The Fixer, won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.


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