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The Fixer

The Fixer

A Novel

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Bernard Malamud; Introduction by Jonathan Safran Foer

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Pulitzer Prize Winner

National Book Awards Winner

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The Fixer is the winner of the 1967 National Book Award for Fiction and the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The Fixer (1966) is Bernard Malamud's best-known and most acclaimed novel -- one that makes manifest his roots in Russian fiction, especially that of Isaac Babel.

Set in Kiev in 1911 during a period of heightened anti-Semitism, the novel tells the story of Yakov Bok, a Jewish handyman blamed for the brutal murder of a young Russian boy. Bok leaves his village to try his luck in Kiev, and after denying his Jewish identity, finds himself working for a member of the anti-Semitic Black Hundreds Society. When the boy is found nearly drained of blood in a cave, the Black Hundreds accuse the Jews of ritual murder. Arrested and imprisoned, Bok refuses to confess to a crime that he did not commit.

Pulitzer Prize Winner, National Book Awards Winner

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The Fixer

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From the small crossed window of his room above the stable in the brickyard, Yakov Bok saw people in their long overcoats running somewhere early that morning, everybody in the same direction. Vey iz mir, he thought...

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Praise for The Fixer

“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, author of Everything Is Illuminated

“The Fixer deserves to rank alongside the great Jewish-American novels of Saul Bellow and Philip Roth.” —The Independent (London)

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

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About the author

Bernard Malamud; Introduction by Jonathan Safran Foer

Bernard Malamud (1914-1986) published eight novels, including The Fixer, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. The Magic Barrel, a collection of short stories, also won the National Book Award. Born in Brooklyn, Malamud was a beloved teacher for many years at Bennington College in Vermont.

Bernard Malamud

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Bernard Malamud

Jonathan Safran Foer

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