Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search

Fiction Literary

St. Urbain's Horseman

by (author) Mordecai Richler

Publisher
McClelland & Stewart
Initial publish date
Apr 2001
Category
Literary
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780771073380
    Publish Date
    May 2017
    List Price
    $22.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780771099748
    Publish Date
    Nov 1989
    List Price
    $14.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780771075193
    Publish Date
    Apr 2001
    List Price
    $21
  • CD-Audio

    ISBN
    9781511316644
    Publish Date
    Apr 2016
    List Price
    $21.99

Add it to your shelf

Where to buy it

Description

Long considered one of Mordecai Richler’s most beloved and acclaimed novels, St. Urbain’s Horseman has now been adapted into a high-profile two-part CBC drama. The attention this star-studded and heavily promoted mini-series will receive will renew interest in the book among Richler fans and introduce many new readers to this modern classic, now available in this attractive tie-in edition.

St. Urbain’s Horseman is a complex, moving, and wonderfully comic evocation of a generation consumed with guilt – guilt at not joining every battle, at not healing every wound. Thirty-seven-year-old Jake Hersh is a film director of modest success, a faithful husband, and a man in disgrace. His alter ego is his cousin Joey, a legend in their childhood neighbourhood in Montreal. Nazi-hunter, adventurer, and hero of the Spanish Civil War, Joey is the avenging horseman of Jake’s impotent dreams. When Jake becomes embroiled in a scandalous trial in London, England, he puts his own unadventurous life on trial as well, finding it desperately wanting as he steadfastly longs for the Horseman’s glorious return. Irreverent, deeply felt, as scathing in its critique of social mores as it is uproariously funny, St. Urbains Horseman confirms Mordecai Richler’s reputation as a pre-eminent observer of the hypocrisies and absurdities of modern life.

About the author

Mordecai Richler (1931-2001) wrote ten novels; numerous screenplays, essays, children's books; and several works of non-fiction. He gained international acclaim with The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, which was later made into a movie. During his career, he was the recipient of dozens of literary awards, including two Governor General's Awards, The Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Mordecai Richler was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2001.

Mordecai Richler's profile page

Awards

  • Nominated, Man Booker Prize
  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Awards - Fiction
  • Winner, Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book

Editorial Reviews

“The most brilliant and exciting new novel in years…Mordecai Richler has written a masterpiece.”
The New Leader

Other titles by Mordecai Richler