In both Kreisel's novels, Canadian security is contrasted with European turbulence. In The Rich Man (1948), an immigrant who has achieved modest success in Toronto returns to Vienna to discover that his claims to wealth deceive and harm his despairing Austrian relatives. The Betrayal (1964) explores questions of guilt and revenge that arise when a man who has escaped from the Nazis finds his would-be betrayer in Edmonton. The Almost Meeting (1981) is a collection of short stories with a variety of Canadian and European settings. Kreisel's internment diary and other autobiographical materials have been combined with essays on his work by 8 critics in Another Country: Writings By and About Henry Kreisel (1985). He became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1988.
Author THOMAS E. TAUSKY