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.
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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 short stories. His work has appeared in various countries and several languages, and he has twice won the Giller Prize. His most recent novel, The Assassin’s Song, was shortlisted for both the Giller Prize and the Governor-General’s Award. He is a member of the Order of Canada and lives in Toronto.Review:
“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
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