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Mordecai Richler : leaving St. Urbain /
Reinhold Kramer.
imprint
Montréal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2008.
description
xii, 498 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
9780773533554
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imprint
Montréal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2008.
isbn
9780773533554
catalogue key
6338174
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [459]-483) and index.
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"A well-told narrative with care taken to detail the influences from Richler's youth, his travels, and his relationships." Norman Ravvin, chair in Canadian Jewish Studies, Concordia University
"A well-told narrative with care taken to detail the influences fromRichler's youth, his travels, and his relationships."Norman Ravvin, chair in Canadian Jewish Studies, Concordia University
"Reinhold Kramer made prodigious use of old correspondence and two unpublished early novels to draw links between Richler's life and his fiction. But Kramer had no interest in kissing up - while he revels in Richler's successes, he doesn't shy from his follies. Leaving St. Urbain is the best kind of biography: marvelously detailed, but also clear-eyed and even playful." CBC Arts Online
"The scope and thoroughness of Reinhold Kramer's engrossing new biography is evidence, if any is still needed, of Richler's importance. Kramer has struck the fine balance between academic rigour and popular biography, representing Richler's life with the epic narrative scope it deserves." Montreal Review of Books
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A master of prose and polemics, for nearly five decades Mordecai Richler was one of Canada's most compelling writers. Though Richler insisted that his private life was not important to his work, Reinhold Kramer shows that Richler's uneasy Jewishness, his reluctant Canadianness, and his secularism were central to all of his writing. Based on never-before published material from the Richler archives as well as interviews with family members, friends, and acquaintances, Mordecai Richler: Leaving St Urbain shows how Richler consistently mined his remarkable life for material for his novels. Beginning with the early clashes with his grandfather over Orthodox Judaism, and exposing the reasons behind his life-long quarrel with his mother, Kramer follows Richler as he flees to Ibiza and Paris, where he counted himself as one of the avant-garde who ushered in the 1960s. His successes abroad gave him the opportunity to remain in England and leave novel-writing behind - but he did neither.More than a biography, Mordecai Richler: Leaving St Urbain is the story of a Jewish culture finding its place within a larger stream, a literary culture moving into the colloquial, and a Canada torn between nationalism and cosmopolitanism.
Main Description
A master of prose and polemics, for nearly five decades Mordecai Richler was one of Canada's most magnetic writers. Though Richler insisted that his private life was not important to his work, Reinhold Kramer contends that Richler's Jewishness, his Canadianness, and his secularism were central to both. Based on never-before published material from the Richler archives and interviews with family members, friends, and colleagues, Mordecai Richler: Leaving St Urbain shows how Richler consistently mined his remarkable life for material for his novels. Beginning with Richler's early clashes with his grandfather over Orthodox Judaism, and exposing the reasons behind his life-long quarrel with his mother, Kramer then follows him as he flees to Ibiza and Paris, where he counted himself among the avant-garde who ushered in the 1960s. His successes abroad gave him the opportunity to remain in England and leave novel-writing behind; he did neither. More than a biography, Mordecai Richler: Leaving St Urbain is the story of a Jewish culture finding its place within a larger stream, a literary culture moving into the colloquial, and a Canada torn between nationalism and cosmopolitanism. Book jacket.
Main Description
Based on never-before published material from the Richler archives as well as interviews with family members, friends, and acquaintances, Mordecai Richler: Leaving St Urbain shows how Richler consistently mined his remarkable life for material for his novels. Beginning with the early clashes with his grandfather over Orthodox Judaism, and exposing the reasons behind his life-long quarrel with his mother, Kramer follows Richler as he flees to Ibiza and Paris, where he counted himself as one of the avant-garde who ushered in the 1960s. His successes abroad gave him the opportunity to remain in England and leave novel-writing behind -- but he did neither. More than a biography, Mordecai Richler: Leaving St Urbain is the story of a Jewish culture finding its place within a larger stream, a literary culture moving into the colloquial, and a Canada torn between nationalism and cosmopolitanism.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Illustrationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 3
Tiefste Provinz, 1931-1950
Geyt, yidelech, in der vayter veltp. 11
A Light Has Gone Out in Israelp. 19
A bas les Juifs!p. 27
Shabbes Goyp. 39
A Losers' Finishing Schoolp. 55
Yurop, 1950-1972
Bohemia among the Fishermen: Ibizap. 67
Mr. Gauche of the Rive-gauche: Parisp. 80
What Do You Know about the Circus?p. 92
Cathy, Commerce, and Senor Hoore: Londonp. 103
Friends and Enemiesp. 118
Florence Mann, the Golden Shiksap. 131
The End of the Apprenticeshipp. 143
Certified Libel-Freep. 154
Idols of the Tribep. 168
Cocksure; Spent Wormp. 183
Mortimer Square and the Counterculturep. 198
Horsemanp. 210
Home Again, 1972-2001
Return to Avonleap. 237
Hollywood Northp. 249
Kiddie Authorp. 258
Back to Ibizap. 268
Lily, Round 3p. 272
Last of the Free-Market Scribblersp. 290
The Bronfmans Are Gatheringp. 308
Tongue Trooperp. 320
VIP's Israelp. 335
The Bourgeois Tricksterp. 345
Absolut Barneyp. 352
A Few Parting Shotsp. 364
Notesp. 377
Bibliographyp. 459
Indexp. 485
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