A Choice of Enemies

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McClelland & Stewart, Dec 17, 2010 - Fiction - 256 pages
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A colony of Canadian and American writers and filmmakers, exiled by McCarthyist witch-hunts at home, find themselves in London, England, where they evolve a society every bit as merciless, destructive, and close-minded as that from which they have fled. The bonds of the group are strained when Norman Price, an academic turned hack writer, befriends an enigmatic German refugee. Ostracized by his colleagues, Norman soon perceives how easily conviction devolves into tyranny. Believing that “all alliances are discredited,” he enters a moral nightmare in which his choice of enemies is no longer clear. With relentless irony and biting accuracy, Mordecai Richler maps out a surreal territory of doubt, describing not only one man’s personal dilemma but the moral condition of modern society.


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About the author (2010)

A two-time recipient of Canada's Governor's General Award and the winner of Screenwriters Guild of America Award for Best Screenplay (for the film version of "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz"), Mordecai Richler published 10 novels before his death in 2001. He was also a regular contributor to a diverse range of magazines, including "Gentlemen's Quarterly, The Spectator, The New Statesmen" and "Punch".

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