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Fiction Satire

The Incomparable Atuk

by (author) Mordecai Richler

afterword by Peter Gzowski

Publisher
McClelland & Stewart
Initial publish date
Oct 1989
Category
Satire, Literary, City Life
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780771099731
    Publish Date
    Oct 1989
    List Price
    $12.95
  • CD-Audio

    ISBN
    9781511316620
    Publish Date
    Oct 2015
    List Price
    $21.99

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Transplanted to Toronto from his native Baffin Island, Atuk the poet is an unlikely overnight success. Eagerly adapting to a society steeped in pretension, bigotry, and greed, Atuk soon abandons the literary life in favour of more lucrative – and hazardous – schemes.

Richler’s hilarious and devastating satire lampoons the self-deceptions of “the Canadian identity” and derides the hypocrisy of a nation that seeks cultural independence by slavishly pursuing the American dream.

About the authors

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.

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The much-loved, long-time host of CBC Radio's Morningside, Peter Gzowksi was one of Canada's best-known and most respected journalists. He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, winner of several broadcasting awards and the recipient of several honorary doctorates. In addition to The Game of Our Lives, Gzowski wrote many bestselling books. His last book, A Peter Gzowski Reader, was published shortly before his death early in 2002.

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