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Hackenfeller’s Ape

Brigid Brophy

An eccentric professor saves a London Zoo ape from a rocket experiment in this dazzling classic by a trailblazing animal rights activist, introduced by Sarah Hall.

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Ebook
ISBN
9780571381302
Date Published
03.10.2023
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Summary

An eccentric professor saves a London Zoo ape from a rocket experiment in this dazzling classic by a trailblazing animal rights activist, introduced by Sarah Hall.

‘Pitch-perfect.’
Ali Smith
‘So original.’ Hilary Mantel
‘Stunning.’ Isabel Waidner
‘There is nobody quite like her.’ A.S. Byatt
‘Her beastly, risky best.’ Eley Williams

When my species has destroyed itself, we may need yours to start it all again.

In London Zoo, Professor Darrylhyde is singing to the apes again. Outside their cage, he watches the two animals, longing to observe the mating ritual of this rare species. But Percy, inhibited by confinement and melancholy, is repulsing Edwina’s desirous advances. Soon, the Professor’s connection increases as he talks, croons, befriends – so when a scientist arrives on a secret governmental mission to launch Percy into space, he vows to secure his freedom. But when met by society’s indifference, he takes matters into his own hands . . .

A trailblazing animal rights campaigner, Brigid Brophy’s sensational 1953 novel is as provocative and philosophical seventy years on. An electric moral fable, it is as much a blazingly satirical reflection on homo sapiens as the non-human – on our capacity for violence, red in tooth and claw, not only to other species, but our own.

Critic Reviews

An enormously thrilling, at times rollicking read ... The novel is truly gorgeous and playfully accusatory: rude, respectful and hilarious. It remains a superbly wrong-footing and liberal work of fiction.

Sarah Hall
Critic Reviews

By turns mischievous, outrageous, and exacting in its artfulfulness — a satire revealing Brophy at her beastly, risky best.

Eley Williams
Critic Reviews

There is nobody like her, no one who sees the world quite in her original way.

A.S. Byatt
Critic Reviews

If animal rights, space rockets and baroque-but-on-point novels do it for you, read Hackenfeller’s Ape. This is Brophy on stunning form.

Isabel Waidner
Critic Reviews

So original and refreshing.

Hilary Mantel
Critic Reviews

Pitch-perfect.

Ali Smith
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Brigid Brophy (1929–1995) was a prize-winning British novelist, essayist, critic and political campaigner, championing gay marriage, pacifism, vegetarianism, prison reform and Public Lending Right. Her celebrated debut novel, Hackenfeller’s Ape, was published in 1953. It was followed by many other acclaimed novels including The King of a Rainy Country, Flesh, The Finishing Touch, In Transit, and The Snow Ball (which…

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