Title Profile & Character Information

The Fixer

Annotation
A classic that won Malamud both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award "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.

Awards
1967  National Book Awards
1967  Pulitzer Prize

Characters
NameBok, Yakov
GenderMale
TraitJewish

GenreLiterary
Classic
Psychological
Sociological
Fiction
TopicsTsarist Russia
Anti-Semitism
False accusations
Persecution
Torture
Hopelessness
Human condition
SettingRussia
Concentration camp
Prison