St. Urbain's Horseman

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St. Urbain's Horseman
First edition
Author Mordecai Richler
Cover artist Harold Town
Country Canada
Language English
Publisher McClelland & Stewart (Canada)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson (UK)
Alfred A. Knopf (US)
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 462 pages (first edition)
Preceded by Cocksure
Followed by Joshua Then and Now

St. Urbain's Horseman is the seventh novel by Canadian author Mordecai Richler. It was first published in 1971 by McClelland & Stewart. It is one of Richler's most ambitious novels and won the prestigious Governor General's Award for 1971.

Plot and setting[edit]

The novel is set in London and Montreal during the late 1960s. The protagonist, Jake Hersh, first appeared in Richler's fourth novel, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, as a schoolmate of the title character. Now, almost twenty years later, Hersh is a moderately successful film director, married with three children, who has become embroiled in a sordid sex scandal. With his world crumbling around him, Jake continues to be obsessed with the mystery of his long-lost cousin and idol Joey, an adventurer, Nazi-hunter and Spanish Civil War veteran.