The Fixer (Paperback)
|Author: Bernard Malamud|
From the Publisher:
Set in carist Russia, The Fixer is the story of the strains and anxieties that beset a man who finds himself a stranger in his community and a victim of irrational prejudice as a wave of anti-Semitic hysteria engulfs a town after the murder of a boy. Yakov Bok, an ordinary handyman, is charged with the "ritual murder" of the boy simply because of his Jewish heritage. The story of Bok's struggle in an atmosphere of hate is universally applicable to that of any victim of a miscarriage of justice and mob prejudice.
THE FIXER is based on the case of a Jewish worker in Russia who is accused of murder, and his subsequent treatment at the hands of the law and the public.
"[Malamud has allowed] an utterly credible man to be victimized by all the painful and humiliating abuses the most abused anti-hero might be subjected to and he has brought him out of the fire not dehumanized by more fully and authentically a human being. With complete and passionate integrity he is denying one of the most paralyzing fears of our times: that individual goodness cannot survive the evils of history....It is as convincing and affecting an act of grace as the American novel has seen in a long time. In discussing 'The Fixer' it is easy to turn the book into a moralistic abstract. That would be a misrepresentation. These pages are as thick and pungent as a piece of black bread, with [a] special Chekhovian texture....It cannot help but make an impact on the American literature scene." - Melvin Maddocks 09/08/1966 Nation
"[T]he main success of the novel lies in the creation of Bok, free of any false pathos or any false grandeur...a kind of Jewish everyman....In 'The Fixer', Malamud has demonstratively staked a claim in the territory of the great 'classical' novelists." - Donald Fanger 10/17/1966