Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Mordecai Richler’s St. Urbain Street

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Mordecai Richler [1931–2001]: On the steps of his childhood home at 5257 St. Urbain Street in 1979. The street was made famous in Richler’s novel, St. Urbain’s Horsemen, published in 1971. This home is near (north of) the corner of Fairmount Avenue a short walking distance to Fairmount Bagel, a Montreal institution along with St-Viateur Bagel, a block further north. I frequented both establishments. This is part of a now trendy area of Montreal called Mile End; this was not so when I was growing up in this area in the 1960s. You will note the long staircases in the front of the two-storey rowhouses. “To be a Jew and a Canadian,“ he said, “is to emerge from the ghetto twice, for self-conscious Canadians, like some touchy Jews, tend to contemplate the world through a wrong-ended telescope.” For more, go [here] and [here] and [here] and [here].
Photo Credit: George Cree; The Gazette (Montreal) 
Source: The Walrus




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