Richler, Mordecai 1931–
Richler, a Canadian novelist, screenwriter, essayist, short story writer, and children's book author, employs in his fiction a Swiftian blend of burlesque, satire, and vulgarity. "To be a Jew and a Canadian," Richler says, "is to emerge from the ghetto twice, for self-conscious Canadians, like some touchy Jews, tend to contemplate the world through a wrongended telescope." His most successful novel, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, chronicles the protagonist's attempt to escape the physical and psychological Jewish ghetto in Montreal. (See also CLC, Vols. 3, 5, 9, 13, and Contemporary Authors, Vols. 65-68).