Translated by Hugh Hazelton

ISBN: 9781897151914

Price: $20.00

Format: Trade Paperback

Size: 5" x 7.5"

Publication Date: Apr 12, 2011

FIC019000 FICTION / Literary
FIC052000 FICTION / Satire

Silver reminds us, in the most amusing way possible, of the complexity which is the human animal, for whom natural is ‘unnatural’.” - Canadian Literature


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.