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'Acutely provocative ... His most ambitious and most Canadian book.' -- David Bezmozgis
'The wit, depth, and wickedness of this resonant novel suggest a happy synthesis of Dickens, Malcolm Lowry, and Philip Roth ... This is a very fine work.' -- The Times (London)
Mordecai Richler (1931-2001) wrote ten novels; numerous screenplays, essays, children's books; and several works of non-fiction. He gained international acclaim with The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, which was later made into a movie. During his career, he was the recipient of dozens of literary awards, including two Governor General's Awards, The Giller Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Mordecai Richler was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2001.