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ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards Bronze Award - Autobiography/Memoir

Quebec Writer's Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction Winner (2004)

Canadian Jewish Book of the Year Award Winner (2004)

Canadian Jewish Book Award for Memoir/Biography

Drainie Taylor Biography Prize Nomination

Alberta Trade Nonfiction Book of the Year Nomination

Mordecai & Me: An Appreciation of a Kind is the story of one writer's obsession with another. In this "really unauthorized biography," Joel Yanofsky, a veteran Montreal book reviewer, literary journalist and novelist, tracks the elusive legend of Mordecai Richler in the year following his death. This insightful and quirky quest leads Yanofsky to consult-though pester may be more like it-a rabbi, a shrink and a dream analyst.

What starts out as a literary appreciation turns into a literary stalking, propelled as much by envy as admiration, irreverence as affection, confession as critical judgment.

A Montrealer himself and a journalist by trade, Joel Yanofsky has covered the Canadian literary scene, interviewing and reviewing Richler, while taking the measure of the city that he believes was destroyed culturally by the reign of separatist governments. Yanofsky cuts through the recent public adoration, as well as through Richler's own carefully protected persona, to reveal the depth and contradictions hidden beneath.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Extremely well written."

-- Toronto Star

"Smart and Tart."

-- Globe & Mail

"A refreshing, thoughtful and entertaining examination of one of Canada's outstanding novelists."

-- Montreal Gazette

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889952669
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/8/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Yanofsky is a book reviewer and literary journalist. He is the author of Homo Erectus...And Other Popular Tales of True Romance, a collection of comic essays, and Jacob's Ladder, a novel. He lives in Montreal with his wife and son.
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