The Fixer is a novel by Bernard Malamud from 1966. The book was inspired by the story of Menahem Mendel Beilis, an unjustly imprisoned Jew in Tsarist Russia. The process around Beilis in 1913 caused international outrage. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1967.
The book was made into a film in 1968 .
The novel is about Yakov Bok, a Jewish handyman. He lives in Kiev without official approval and is arrested on suspicion of murder when a Christian boy is killed during the Jewish feast of Passover. He is held captive without official indictment, visitors and legal assistance be refused. Bok is regularly heard during his stay in prison. He is asked about his political beliefs, after which he replies to be apolitical. During the many months in jail, he thinks about his sad life and human nature in General. He forgives his ex-wife who left him for the book began. This forgiveness is of great symbolic value in Boxing spiritual growth.
The book ends when Buck is eventually prosecuted and it comes to a process. In the final scene, on the way to the Court of appeal, he has an imaginary conversation with the Tsar. He complains to the Tsar as being the Chief over the most retarded regime in Europe. He also recognizes that "there is no such thing as an apolitical man, especially a Jew".