St. Urbain's Horseman
|Cover artist||Harold Town|
|Publisher||McClelland & Stewart (Canada)|
Weidenfeld & Nicolson (UK)
Alfred A. Knopf (US)
|Pages||462 pages (first edition)|
|Followed by||Joshua Then and Now|
Plot and setting
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.
This novel has been translated into Spanish, by Manuel Bartolomé López, from the Weidenfeld and Nicolson edition, as El jinete de san Urbano (Barcelona/Buenos Aires/Mexico City: Best Sellers Grijalbo, 1975, 1st edition in Spanish).
- Jonathan Yardley (1971-06-27). "St. Urbain's Horseman: Young too late, old too soon" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
- Thomas Lask (1971-07-12). "Books of the Times: Joey Played the Game His Way" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved 2020-11-17.