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The Fixer , novel by Bernard Malamud , published in It received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in It is the story of a Jewish handyman, or fixer, who discovers that there is no rational reason for human cruelty; he also learns that freedom requires constant vigilance. The novel, set in czarist Russia in the early 20th century, tells the story of Yakov Bok, who leaves his ruined marriage and rundown village to seek his fortune in Kiev.

His tinkering includes altruistic acts of kindness to others, but his generosity is repaid with misfortune and vilification. When he offers a ride to an old woman, his cart breaks down; when he helps an old Jewish man, observers turn against him, accusing him of the ritual murder of a Christian boy; when he rescues an ailing anti-Semitic industrialist, the man eventually brings about his arrest.

Officials eager for an excuse to start a pogrom, jail the innocent Bok for two years without trial. Most of the novel takes place while Bok is imprisoned, awaiting trial for a murder he did not commit. Taunted, humiliated, he tries to understand his fate but finds no answers. By the end of the novel, Bok submits to trial, no longer apolitical; he dreams of fixing his nation while realizing that in fact the world itself is broken, perhaps beyond repair.

The Fixer. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. See Article History. Britannica Quiz. Who wrote The Last of the Mohicans? Learn More in these related Britannica articles:. The script was by Dalton Trumbo, and Alan Bates gave an Oscar-nominated performance as a Jewish handyman wrongfully imprisoned in tsarist Russia; Dirk Bogarde was also memorable as a sympathetic magistrate.

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The Fixer , which takes place in tsarist Russia, is the story of a Jewish handyman unjustly imprisoned for the murder of a Christian boy; it won Malamud a Pulitzer Prize.

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The Fixer, by Bernard Malamud

The Fixer , novel by Bernard Malamud , published in It received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in It is the story of a Jewish handyman, or fixer, who discovers that there is no rational reason for human cruelty; he also learns that freedom requires constant vigilance. The novel, set in czarist Russia in the early 20th century, tells the story of Yakov Bok, who leaves his ruined marriage and rundown village to seek his fortune in Kiev.

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An absorbing, compelling and deeply human tale of freedom, hate and morality, its deceptively simple style and beautifully wrought sentences hold you captive from its opening. If the term wasn't cheapened by its constant use, I'd call it a masterpiece - so instead I'll say it belongs to the very upper echelons of fiction: a novel that could change your life. This, however, is immaterial to the most important fact about The Fixer. This life-changing novel is out of print. It's not alone: most of Malamud's novels are now either out of print or are ominously branded as print-on-demand titles. This means that they are technically available, but you're highly unlikely to find a copy on the shelves of your local bookstore. Malamud has entered a literary netherworld, one where he's available, but only if you're willing to wait a week or so.

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