"In my dreams I ate and I ate my dreams": First Edition of the Author’s National Book Award-Winning Novel; Inscribed by Bernard Malamud to Close Friends Suzanne and Paul Shrag

  • The Fixer.
  • The Fixer.
  • The Fixer.
  • The Fixer.

The Fixer.

$2,500.00

Item Number: 99846

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1966.

First edition of the author’s fourth novel, which went on to win the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Susie and Paul with much affection Bern.” The recipients, Suzanne and Paul Shrag were close friends of Malamud (brother of printmaker Karl Schrag). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows some light wear. Jacket design by Janet Halverson. Housed in a custom clamshell box.

First published in 1966, The Fixer was described for its fashionable prose by Elizabeth Harding at Vogue as "[b]rilliant [andharrowing . . . Historical reality combined with fictional skill and beauty of a high order make [it] a novel of startling importance." And Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything is Illuminated, "[w]hat makes it a great book, above and beyond its glowing goodness, has to do with something else altogether: its necessity...This novel, like all great novels reminds us that we must do something." The Fixer "deserves to rank alongside the great Jewish-American novels of Saul Bellow and Philip Roth" (The Independent). It was the basis for the 1968 film directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Alan Bates.

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