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Mordecai Richler

(1931—2001) Canadian writer


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(1931–2001),

Canadian novelist and screenwriter, born in Montreal, resident in Britain 1959–72. His first novel, The Acrobats (1954) was followed by others, including notably, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1959), which describes a Jewish boyhood in Montreal. The Incomparable Atuk (1963) is a satire on popular culture, and Cocksure (1968) is an extravaganza set in theatrical London of the swinging sixties, in which English gentleman publisher Mortimer Griffin confronts multiculturalism, cinema starlets, and pornography: this was followed by St Urbain's Horseman (1971), also set in London, in which Jake Hersh, Jewish‐Canadian film director, is acquitted of a rape charge. His many other spirited, witty, and irreverent novels include Solomon Gursky Was Here (1989), which many consider his masterpiece: this ambitious and epic work interweaves Jewish themes and Inuit folklore in an extraordinary and gripping exploration of Canada's historic multicultural roots, by means of the mysterious family saga of the wealthy Gurskys. His last novel, Barney's Version (1997), recounts the unreliable and outrageous memories of Barney Panofsky in Montreal, London, and Paris.

Subjects: Literature.


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