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Author: Bernard malamud
Yakov Bok is an ordinary man accused of "ritual murder" and persecuted by agents of a remote and all-powerful state. But when he is at last pushed too far, he triumphs over almost incredible brutality and becomes a moral giant. THE FIXER brought both a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award to Bernard Malamud. He has been acclaimed by the L...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780671825683
ISBN-10: 0671825682
Publication Date: 8/3/1978
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Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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When I went to start Malamud's "The Fixer" I expected that I would find a work of great brilliance. Being that it was the first book ever to win both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, only done once since, I expected unusually inspiring prose. I was not disappointed. Malamud's depiction of a man, in prison, in terrible conditions, virtually concentration camp scenarios, of a man, accused of a crime he did not commit, due to anti-semitism in Russia during the period 1904 through 1907 or thereabouts.
Malamud not only gives us the full impact and feeling of the isolation, desolation and frustration of a prisoner in terrible conditions, waiting just for a "letter of indictment", not even knowing whether he would be accused of the terrible rumor that abounded. Malamud takes us through periods of hope for the prisoner, and then dashes those hopes. He takes us through the feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness and the struggle that such a combination creates with the concept of suicide.
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This is a novel of life in Czarist Russia. It is a work of human grandeur and nobility-of human will- threatened with destruction but determined to survive. A classic, A++++.
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Despite a series of unbelievable misfortunes in a country where there are no real human rights, the main character triumphs over his situation with amazing humor. Malamud is a great writer, and this is totally different from the other book I've read of his. Makes you want to find more of his books.