The Man I Became
Author: Peter Verhelst
Translator: David Colmer
Original language: Dutch
Published by: Peirene Press, February 2016
Huxley’s Brave New World meets Orwell’s Animal Farm.
An impressively entertaining tale about the frailty of our civilization by the leading Flemish writer Peter Verhelst, now for the first time in English.
Warning: this story is narrated by a gorilla. He is plucked from the jungle. He learns to chat and passes the ultimate test: a cocktail party. Eventually he is moved to an amusement park, where he acts in a show about the history of civilization. But as the gorilla becomes increasingly aware of human weaknesses, he must choose between his instincts and his training, between principles and self-preservation.