Should there be a public monument to Mordecai Richler in Montreal?

MordecaiRichlerblogimage.jpgToday Jian spoke with biographer Charles Foran about the campaign to honour the late Mordecai Richler with a public monument in the city he immortalized in such novels as Barney's Version and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. Sovereigntists groups are against the idea, calling Richler a "divisive figure" who denigrated Quebeckers. (Richler was an outspoken opponent of Quebec's language laws, and in the 1990s, he wrote a series of highly critical articles about Quebec nationalism in American magazines.)

What do you think? Should Montreal honour Mordecai Richler with some kind of public monument? If so -- what should it be? If not -- why?

 

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