The Fixer, by Bernard Malamud

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The Fixer is one of those books that seem designed for the Pulitzer Prize. Set in the early 20th century, it focuses on the arrest and punishment of Yakov Bok, a Jewish Russian who is accused of murder and arrested. It focuses on the anti-Semitism and cruel treatment of jews during that period in Russia. Reading the summary on the back of the book, I steeled myself for heavy-handedness and a forced story about the triumph of the human condition. Regardless, I tried to shake off my preconceptions and dive into the book with an open mind.

Yakov Bok is hiding in a Kiev, after leaving his hometown. He is fleeing a bad divorce, and looking to make a new start. He gives himself a fake name and a new identity, in order to conceal his identity from the anti-Semitic citizens of the town. He is hired as a repairman…

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