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Mordecai Richler’s homecoming

The Story

During his 22 years abroad, Mordecai Richler's writing about Canada and Canadians has struck a nerve unlike any other writer. He's been praised as a truth-teller and a master satirist. But, he's also been deemed an enemy within the gates of many communities - a veritable anti-everything: anti-Semitic, anti-Francophone, anti-Anglophone, anti-nationalist and anti-Canadian. Richler has returned home at long last. In this CBC documentary, Richler talks about the political and social changes he sees in everything from the back alley of St. Urbain Street to the broader Canadian landscape.

Medium: Television
Program: People of Our Time: Coming Home Again
Broadcast Date: Sept. 1, 1975
Guest(s): Mordecai Richler
Duration: 6:08

Did You know?

• When Mordecai Richler returned to Canada to live in 1972, he was asked why he came back. He explained, "I'm a Canadian and a Jew and I write about being both. I worry about being away so long from the roots of my discontent."

• In 1969, Richler published a collection of short-stories about life on St. Urbain Street. In The Street, he recreates the unique and at times eccentric atmosphere, bustling with European refugees.

• Richler said that growing up he felt as if he belonged to an "unused generation" who were never called upon to fight in a war and prove themselves.


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