Mordecai Richler Essay - Mordecai Richler World Literature Analysis

Mordecai Richler World Literature Analysis

Being both a Jew and a Canadian amid the chaos of the twentieth century is the central concern of most of Richler’s fiction. While not all of his protagonists are Jewish and not all of his novels are set in Canada, they are united in their concern with the difficulty of living in a world of pogroms, simplistic nationalism, ethnic tensions, political and personal hypocrisy, materialism, greed, and exploitation.

Richler fits into at least three distinct literary schools. His unease with class distinctions places him among the “angry young men,” such as John Osborne, John Wain, John Braine, Alan Sillitoe, and David Storey, who dominated English fiction and drama in the 1950’s and 1960’s. His insights into North...

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