Title: Solomon Gursky Was Here. First American Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1990, ISBN:0394539958
Seller ID: 10773
RICHLER, Mordecai. Solomon Gursky Was Here. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990. First American Edition. Pp. (14),-413. 8vo, black cloth spine, blue boards, gilt lettering to spine. "Mordecai Richler's first work of fiction ina decade is the most lavish outpouring yet of his extraordinary novelistic gifts. Here are not only the inventiveness, strong feeling, and inspired h umor that have characterized his writing since 'The Apprenticeship of DuddyKravitz' first brought its author international acclaim. Here we have, in addition, a new largeness -- a wonderful opulence of character, scene, and story, of secrets discovered and plot resolved. And beyond the whizzing shafts of satire, more brilliantly than ever deployed against the fakey and the inflated, a whole society -- a whole world -- takes shape. [...] At its center: a magnificent obsession. Moses Berger is love-hate-hooked on the Gursky family -- the most imperial, baroque, mad and millionairish (bootleg money exquisitely laundered, even ironed) Jewish family in Montreal. Ever since Moses, at age eleven, was shown a Gursky moppet's heated, architect-designed, decorator-furnished multilevel treehouse, he has been appalled, mesmerized, totaly Gursky-driven. Now, at fifty-two, he is thirty years into research for a biography of Solomon -- the disdained, disgraced, and dead Gursky brother. Moses can't leave the subject alone. And no wonder. He's uncovered evidence to suggest that Solomon was involved in some of the most momentous events of the twentieth century: the Long March in China, the last phone call of Marilyn Monroe, John Dean's Watergate testimony, and the raid onEntebbe, to name but a few. Why, Moses has to wonder, are all the local ne wspaper files on Solomon missing? And why does everyone who ever knew Solomon act as if the mere mention of his name might cause an explosion? And what is Moses to think of the first Canadian Gursky, Solomon's grandfather Ephraim, who made his original landfall in the Arctic, where there has since been seen a tribe of (more or less) Jewish Inuit? And what is Moses to make of himself -- a Rhodes Scholar gone bad, a passionate lover unlucky in love(with a Gursky girl, among others), his life given over to booze and a bio graphy that, even assuming he ever finishes it, can survely never be published? What Moses finds out -- about them and about himself -- and how he finds it out through a wonderland of clues and impossible happenings in at least two hemispheres and through at least two centuries, fuels this amazinglyrich novel." - from the dustjacket. Very good in lightly spine-sunned, unc lipped dustjacket. 25.00