Bernard Malamud’s, Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “The Fixer” is a powerful, harrowing book and like any great piece of literature, it extends beyond its characters and setting and into the future and back into the past and forever remains relevant. Published in 1966, it takes place in Tsarist Russia between 1905-1908 when a wave of anti-Semitism swept across the country and the annexed country of Ukraine.
The story is about a peasant, Yakow Bok – The Fixer, who is wrongly accused of a crime simply because he was born Jewish. He is imprisoned and during his unlawful internment, he becomes an unknown symbol of all that is unjust and wrong with Russia, its penal system, its form of government, and the propaganda it spews out in an effort to simply deflect from its shameless and corrupt behavior.
It is said, “That all it takes for evil to win, is for good men to do nothing” and this book is a glowing example of just that. I highly recommend.41ezJ-qs6eL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

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