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About the book
  • Published: 1 March 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099554462
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $22.99

Barney's Version

A Novel

Now a major 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 a final outrageous scandal.

  • Pub date: 1 March 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099554462
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Mordecai Richler

Mordecai Richler was an acclaimed Canadian novelist and essayist born in Montreal in 1931. He won the Commonwealth Prize, the Paris Review Humour Prize, was twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize for his novels Solomon Gursky Was Here and St. Urbain's Horseman, and was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. He died in 2001.

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Praise for Barney's Version

“The novel is richly comic until its tragic end, when what has been a largely between-the-lines wisdom moves to the centre stage of a story that is ultimately about ageing and mortality”

Sunday Times

“'The funniest book of the year, and maybe the saddest...Mordecai Richler never [wrote] with greater voice or more puckish verve. Barney Panofsky is his mouthpiece, truth, lies and lousy memory are his aces, every card in the deck is a picture, every rasp shoots an arc of grievance: bile with style... You will love it, laugh with it, and treasure it'”

Scotland on Sunday

“A delightfully curmudgeonly mock memoir...an enticing, intelligent and bloody funny non-PC read”

Time Out

“An unflinching portrait of a man in decline. Barney Panofsky is one of Richler's finest creations. He smokes too many cigars, drinks too much whisky and has a life of dashed hopes to reflect on as he approaches old age. He is also the alleged murderer of his best friend- something resolved in a fine twist.”

Daily Telegraph

“A comic masterpiece”


“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

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