Literary Birthday – 27 January – Mordecai Richler

Mordecai Richler was born 27 January 1931, and died 3 July 2001.

Six Quotes

  1. I obviously prefer writing novels but I take my journalism very seriously, and I enjoy doing it between novels. It gives me an opportunity to move in the outside world.
  2. Everybody writes a book too many.
  3. I don’t hold with shamans, witch doctors, or psychiatrists. Shakespeare, Tolstoy, or even Dickens, understood more about the human condition than ever occurred to any of you. You overrated bunch of charlatans deal with the grammar of human problems, and the writers I’ve mentioned with the essence.
  4. Each man creates god in his own image.
  5. Fundamentally, all writing is about the same thing; it’s about dying, about the brief flicker of time we have here, and the frustration that it creates.
  6. If you’re writing a novel, you’re in a room for three or four years. There’s not much coming in from the outside.

Mordecai Richler was a Canadian author, screenwriter, and essayist. His best known works are Barney’s Version, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, and Solomon Gursky Was Here, which was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 1990.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 27th January 2014