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Mordecai Richler

Canadian author, screenwriter and essayist

1931   -   2001

country of citizenship: Canada
educated at: Concordia University
occupation: screenwriter, writer, novelist, children's writer
award received: Governor General's Awards, Companion of the Order of Canada

Mordecai Richler, CC (January 27, 1931 – July 3, 2001) was a Canadian writer. His best known works are The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1959) and Barney's Version (1997). His 1970 novel St Urbain's Horseman and 1989 novel Solomon Gursky Was Here were shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is also well known for the Jacob Two-Two children's fantasy series. In addition to his fiction, Richler wrote numerous essays about the Jewish community in Canada, and about Canadian and Quebec nationalism. Arriving as immigrants in Canada when English was the country's predominant official language, the Jewish communities in Montreal (a city in the largely francophone province of Quebec) usually acquired English, not French, as a second language after Yiddish. This later put them at odds with the Quebec nationalist movement, most of which argued for French as the province's only official language. Richler's Oh Canada! Oh Quebec! (1992), a collection of essays about nationalism and anti-Semitism, generated considerable controversy.
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works

12

Joshua Then and Now

novel by Mordecai Richler

author: Mordecai Richler

1980

Barney's Version

1997 novel

author: Mordecai Richler

1997

Solomon Gursky Was Here

book by Mordecai Richler

author: Mordecai Richler

1989

A Choice of Enemies

book by Mordecai Richler

author: Mordecai Richler

1957

Cocksure

book by Mordecai Richler

author: Mordecai Richler

1968

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

book by Mordecai Richler

author: Mordecai Richler

1959

Son of a Smaller Hero

book by Mordecai Richler

author: Mordecai Richler

1955

The Incomparable Atuk

book by Mordecai Richler

author: Mordecai Richler

1963

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