Title Profile & Character Information

The Fixer

Annotation
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.

Characters
NameBok, Yakov
GendersMale
 Male
TraitsJewish
Jewish

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