On a visit to Gabon, an American sociologist couple purchase an infant ape in order to study its development in an “enriched environment” — taking it back to California and raising it as a human being — and gain insight into human behaviour. The ape, named Silver, displays a remarkable aptitude for human skills, like using a toilet and brushing his teeth. Most shockingly, the ape can also speak — and after a long, eventful life among the humans, he has plenty to say.
Scathing and poignant, Silver is a no-holds-barred critique of modern life, told from the tragic perspective of a civilized animal stranded in the wilderness of Western society.
Pablo Urbanyi received the Latin American Achievement Award. His books have been translated to English, French, and Hungarian.
“Silver reminds us, in the most amusing way possible, of the complexity which is the human animal, for whom natural is ‘unnatural’. ”
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