One of Canada’s top novelists examines the life and work of another Canadian Great.
Both Richler and Vassanji are award-winning novelists who regarded themselves as outsiders in their respective societies—one a Jew in Quebec, the other an Indian in Tanzania who emigrated to Canada. Their experiences were vastly different, but their perspective as outsiders allows each a unique viewpoint. With narrative flair and surprising insights, Vassanji explores the life and artistic quest of the prolific Montreal satirist who died in 2001.
About M G Vassanji
M.G. Vassanji was born in Kenya and raised in Tanzania. He attended university in the United States, where he trained as a nuclear physicist, before coming to Canada in 1978. Vassanji is the author of six novels and two collections of… More about M G Vassanji
Hardcover | $19.95
Published by Penguin Canada Mar 31, 2009| 256 Pages| 5-3/4 x 8-1/4| ISBN 9780670066728
“Respectful yet probing, [Vassanji] creates a solid and intriguing biography of one of the most private yet profound writers of the Canadian scene.” – The Globe and Mail
“Sympathetic and distinguished.” – Winnipeg Free Press
“Elegantly compact…. Vassanji deliberately reads against the grain of the well-known Richlerian ‘gruff caricature,’ treating anecdotes with caution, aware that Richler’s memorializers might ‘use memory’ to embellish, reinvent, settle scores.” – Canadian Literature