The Fixer by Bernard Malamud

The Fixer is a 1966 novel by Bernard Malamud inspired by the true story of Menahem Mendel Beilis, an unjustly imprisoned Jew in Tsarist Russia. The notorious "Beilis trial" of 1913 caused an international uproar that forced Russia to back down in the face of world indignation. The Beilis case is fictionalized along a highly similar story line. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1967. The novel is about Yakov Bok - a Jewish handyman or "fixer". Living in Kiev without official papers, Bok is arrested on suspicion of murder, when a Christian boy is killed during Passover. Jailed without being officially charged, and denied visitors or legal counsel, Bok is treated poorly and interrogated repeatedly. Among other things, he is asked about his political views, and replies that he is apolitical. During his many months in jail, he has time to contemplate his sad life and human nature in general. He finally finds it in his heart to forgive his former wife, who left him just before the novel began. This act of forgiveness is symbolically important in Bok's spiritual growth.

The 803rd greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 40th on In Which These Are the 100 Greatest Novels (ThisRecording.com)
  2. - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)
  3. - National Book Award - Fiction (National Book Foundation)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Fixer Kindle Edition 227618 $3.99 2021
The Fixer Paperback 1290666 $14.84 $3.69 2009
The Fixer Hardcover 2223720 $74.98 $0.01
The Fixer: A Novel Paperback 629195 $5.97 $2.79 2004
The Fixer Hardcover 2948746 $0.01
El reparador (Narrativa Sexto Piso) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 10886338 $20.87 2007
The Fixer (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) Paperback 1908910 $28.94 $0.01 1994
The Fixer Hardcover 2823301 $78.20 $1.04
The Fixer Hardcover 748171 $51.45 $3.75 1966
The Fixer Paperback 4147658 $202.55 $0.01 1976
FIXER Mass Market Paperback 9495233 $4.00
The Fixer Mass Market Paperback 11571879 $0.54
The Fixer Hardcover 4005761 $500.00 $0.25 1966
The Natural Kindle Edition 1274 $7.99 2003
The Natural Audio CD 1289588 $18.49 2012
The Fixer Hardcover 558335 $32.90 $0.01
The Fixer: A Novel (FSG Classics) Paperback 356993 $6.95 $1.55 2004
The Fixer Mass Market Paperback 11973962 $1.50
The Fixer Paperback 1772859 $0.01
The Fixer: A Novel Audible Audio Edition 46591 $21.83 2017
The Fixer MP3 CD 3656754 $9.26 2016
Fixer Paperback 10666905 $0.01 1978
The Fixer Paperback 2690095 $11.45 $0.01
The Fixer (Transaction Large Print Books) Hardcover 3919318 $40.77 $3.41 1999
The Fixer Mass Market Paperback 8313508 $0.19
Bernard Malamud Hardcover 8096575 $107.59 $3.50 1967
Bernard Malamud Paperback 13865026 $10,073.00 1966
The Fixer: A Novel Kindle Edition 66423 $8.89 2004
The Natural Paperback 19139 $6.63 $1.23 2003
The Fixer Mass Market Paperback 2611587 $7.85 $0.90
Fixer Paperback 6209892 $4.25 $0.01 1989