Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Return of Mordecai Richler (1980)


Mordecai Richler [1931–2001] is interviewed and portrayed by Adrienne Clarkson for The Fifth Estate in 1980. Richler, who was born in Montreal, returned from London to Montreal in 1972, with Florence, his wife (also a Montrealer) and their five children, after an almost twenty-year absence. He then divided his time between Montreal and at his home in Magog in the Eastern Townships, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) southeast of Montreal. He was returning home, to the place where his ideas found fertile ground and bloomed. Richler said that his “Jewish experience was Canadian, as Canadian as Morley Callaghan,” and, moreover, that he would continue writing about St. Urbain Street as he knew it as a boy growing up in what was then Jewish Montreal. Such childhood experiences tend to mark you for life. Novelists are best when they write what they know, what they find important. This describes Richler’s talents and virtues; I have read all of his books and most of his journalistic articles, and his writing is not only masterful, it also resonates with me. For more, go [here] and [here] and [here] and [here] and [here].
Via: Youtube & The Fifth Estate

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