Publication Date: November 2005
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Silver was acclaimed as "a notable post-modern Tarzan" in Spanish reviews. And, in French reviews, Pablo Urbanyi has been compared to Julian Barnes and Tom Sharpe. The novel is inspired by a short story by Franz Kafka "A report for an Academy" in which an ape captured for a circus learns to speak, write, and deal with civilization.La Prensa has characterized Silver as a ..".vitriolic parody... a somber and anguished commentary...on modern society...its morals...its pseudo-scientific ambitions," and concluded that Urbanyi is ..".an eminent Argentinian writer."Silver is the story of a young albino gorilla who is bought in a market in Gabon by an American anthropologist and his British wife. This gorilla is then taken back to California to be raised in the "enriched" environment of their home and used as a research subject. But Silver is a gorilla in appearance only, having a human mind and leading a human lifestyle, inspiring in others both love and appreciation for his exoticism, and xenophobic hatred.Wit, humour, surrealism, exaggeration, anguish, social commentary...this is the world of Pablo Urbanyi.