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Bernard Malamud: The Fixer

(Fiction, 352 p. 1966)

Malamud won both the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for his novel set in Kiev in 1911. During a period of heightened anti-Semitism, an apolitical, nonobservant Jewish handyman is arrested and imprisoned for the ritual murder of a young Russian boy. Refusing to confess to a crime that he did not commit, the “fixer” vacillates between despair, outrage, and hope for justice.