NCL 136 – A Choice of Enemies by Mordecai Richler


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A Choice of Enemies  was not included in Series One.


A Choice of Enemies by Mordecai Richler (New Canadian Library N136) front coverSeries Two

From the Back Cover:

Europe in the 1950s–a world whose edges are patrolled by violence, where expatriate refugees from the McCarthy witch-hunts evolve a society every bit as merciless, destructive and close-minded as that from which they have fled. This rebellious novel, rich in drama and irony, penetrates and punctures the facades of individuals whose professed ideals mask their treachery and unprincipled drives for power. With telling accuracy, Mordecai Richler gives vivid form to a memorable cast of characters ranging from the innocent to vicious, from the familiar to the surreal.

Mordecai Richler is the author of such modern classics as The Apprenticeship of Duffy Kravitz and St. Urbain’s Horseman. A Canadian author of international reputation and twice winner of the Governor-General’s Award, he has published seven novels, a collection of short stories, two books of essays and one book for children.


A Choice of Enemies by Mordecai Richler (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

From the Back Cover:

Set in London, England, in the 1950s, A CHOICE OF ENEMIES centre upon a colony of Canadian and American writers and film-makers exiled by McCarthyist witch-hunters at home. 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, Mordecai Richler maps out a surreal territory of doubt, describing not only one man’s personal dilemma but the moral condition of modern society.

A CHOICE OF ENEMIES, Richler’s third novel, was first published in 1957.


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