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About the Author: Bernard Malamud

Bernard Malamud was an author of novels and short stories. Along with Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, he was one of the great American Jewish authors of the 20th century. His baseball novel, The Natural, was adapted into a 1984 film starring Robert Redford. His 1966 novel The Fixer, about antisemitism in Tsarist Russia, won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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Paperback, Published in Jan 2007 by Sexto Piso Editorial

ISBN10: 8496867110 | ISBN13: 9788496867116

Page count: 328

Tired of his unfruitful existence, Yakov Bok moves to Kiev during Tsar Nicolas II’s reign to seek a better future. He soon finds work, but is forced to keep his Jewish identity a secret. However, after the murder of a Russian boy too close to his workplace, he is accused of carrying out the crime. And in a time of anti-Semitic virulence, there won’t be a lack of witnesses, evidence, and accusations all aimed at condemning him. This novel, which earned Bernard Malamud the Pulitzer Prize, explores how the idea of freedom grows within a man while he is the subject of a great injustice.


Harto de su infructuosa existencia, Yakov Bok  busca un futuro mejor en Kiev durante la época del zar Nicolás II. Pronto consigue un trabajo, pero se ve obligado a no revelar su identidad judía. Sin embargo, tras el asesinato de un niño ruso demasiado cerca de su puesto de trabajo, le señalan como autor del crimen, y no faltarán testigos, pruebas y acusaciones orientados a condenarle en una época de gran virulencia antisemita. Esta novela, la cual le obtuvo el premio Pulitzer a Bernard Malamud, explora cómo la idea de libertad crece en la conciencia de un hombre sometido a una terrible injusticia.

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