The hilarious, devious and touching story of an unruly life - a wonderful novel made into a motion picture starring Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman.
Even Barney Panofsky's friends tend to agree that he is 'a wife-abuser, an intellectual fraud, a purveyor of pap, a drunk with a penchant for violence and probably a murderer'. But when Barney's sworn enemy threatens to publish this damning verdict, Barney is driven to write his own memoirs, rewinding the spool of his life, editing, selecting and plagiarising, as his memory plays tricks on him - and on the reader. Barney slides from crisis to success, from lowlife to highlife in Montreal, Paris and London, his exploits culminating in a final outrageous scandal.
" Barney's Version belongs in the very front ranks of Jewish comic novels, a crowded field to begin with... Barney's Version is a rambling social satire, a breathless romp through the second half of the 20th century, and finally the celebration of a complicated and sensual life that is, if not well-lived, then certainly lived to the fullest" Washington Post
Mordecai Richler wurde 1931 in Montreal, Kanada, als Sohn russisch-jüdischer Einwanderer geboren. Er lebte in Paris, London und New York und arbeitete als erfolgreicher Schriftsteller, Journalist und Drehbuchautor, bis es ihn wieder zurück nach Kanada zog. Mordecai Richler starb im Juli 2001 in Montreal.