Mordecai and Me by Joel Yanofsky
Winner of The Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction in 2004
Mordecai & Me: An Appreciation of a Kind is the story of one writer’s obsession with another. In this unauthorized biography, Joel Yanofsky 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.
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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