Young Noah Adler, passionate, ruthlessly idealistic, is the prodigal son of Montreal's Jewish ghetto. Finding tradition in league with self-delusion, he attempts to shatter the ghetto's illusory walls by entering the foreign territory of the "goyim." But here, freedom and self-determination continue to elude him. Eventually, Noah comes to recognize justice and safety and a kind of felicity in a world he cannot entirely leave behind. Richler's superb account of Noah's struggle to scale the walls of the ghetto overflows with rich comic satire. "Son of a Smaller Hero" is a compassionate, penetrating account of the nature of belonging, told with the savage realism for which Mordecai Richler's fiction is celebrated.
About the Author
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".
Smith is an award-winning artist who teaches at prestigious UK institutions including the Chelsea School of Art and Exeter Art College.
Roy Smith is Co-Director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies, Nottingham Trent University.