Books: The Outsider

THE FIXER by Bernard Malamud. 335 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $5.75.

Down in Melville's Great White Whale—which might stand for the tragic tradition that lives pelagically deep under the choppy surface of American life—there may be a Jonah of genius who will one day emerge with a great tragic novel. The critics have been whooping it up in the Malamud salon for so long now that it seemed as if the author of The Fixer might be the man. In his new book, Bernard Malamud retains all the literary expertise and moral concern that...

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