The Fixer (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) Paperback – 29 Apr 1993
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"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"
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"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Bernard Malamud (1914 - 1986) wrote eight novels; he won the Pulizer Prize and the National Book Award for "The Fixer," and the National Book Award for" The Magic Barrel," a book of stories. Born in Brooklyn, he taught for many years at Bennington College in Vermont. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Yakov Bok, the Fixer of the title, is a free-thinking Jew whose trade is that of a handyman from the Pale in the Ukraine (where Jews are legally allowed to reside) in the last years of the Tsarist regime not long after the disastrous war that Russia lost against Japan, the aborted revolution that followed that defeat and the pogroms that diverted the Russian people down channels that were more acceptable to the Russian state.
Life is not going well for Bok, his wife has ran away with a Goy and work is hard to find within the Pale. He eventually bites the bullet, sells up and decides to move to nearby Kiev to look for a chance to improve his situation, perhaps to earn enough and emigrate from Russia. After a period of hardship in Kiev Bok hits on some "luck" and gains the patronage of a Russian gentleman, some well paid employment before eventually being offered the position of foreman at the Russian's Brick-factory. Everything is going well, except the Russian is a member of the anti-Semitic Black Hundreds who doesn't know that Bok is of Jewish extraction. The factory is also sited in an area of Kiev that is out of bounds to Jews. When a twelve year old Christian boy is "ritually" murdered not far from the factory, a worker who Bok had previously caught thieving and who suspects that he is Jewish raises suspicions about him with the Police. Bok is arrested, his identity as a Jew is quickly ascertained and he becomes the number one suspect for the murder of the boy.Read more ›
Recommended for the parent hoping to introduce a child to the wonders of history as well as to the adult in search of a great learning experience. Also it is simply a great story.
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Our protagonist, Yakov, hasn't had much luck. Without going over the plot in detail, his wife leaves him, he seeks a better life in the city, and falls victim to anti-semitism... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mel Powell