Thu, 21 June 2012
Mordecai: The Life and Times has been called the ‘award-winningest’ book in Canadian literary history. I met recently with its author Charles Foran to talk about its subject, Mordecai Richler. The guts, aggression, honesty and pride of the man; a man who did things, who wrote to engender conversation, argument, who was socially engaged, who asked hard, uncomfortable questions. About Richler’s similarities to Pierre Trudeau. His taking on a whole movement over Quebec’s sign laws. His desire to write the best novel ever written. At least one book that would last. About Montreal, its tensions, and his loyalty to it. About Canadian culture. Digitization and the loss of literary life.