A chilling dystopian vision of the ultimate role reversal, a cult hit since the 1960s
In a spaceship that can travel at the speed of light, Ulysse, a journalist, sets off from Earth for the nearest solar system. He finds there a planet which resembles his own, but on Soror humans behave like animals, and are hunted by a civilised race of primates. Captured and sent to a research facility, Ulysse must convince the apes of their mutual origins. But such revelations will have always been greeted by prejudice and fear...
About the Author
Pierre Boulle was born in 1912 at Avignon. Boulle spent the Second World War fighting in Yunnan, Calcutta and Indo-Chine, where he was captured by the Japanese. After the war he lived in Malaya, the Cameroons and finally, Paris, where he settled untill his death in 1994.
"A scintillating mix of sci-fi adventure and allegory" Los Angeles Times "In 1963, at the most glacial moment of the Cold War, Frenchman Pierre Boulle wrote a novel called Planet Of The Apes - a drastic warning about where mankind's apparent desire to destroy itself might lead" The Mirror "Boulle called on his own experiences as a prisoner of war in South-east Asia during the Second World War, using the relationship between man and apes as a metaphor for the treatment handed out to prisoners by brutish Japanese guards" Daily Express "It's like a good myth or fairy-tale that stays with you... Part of the strength of this material is its disruptive, questioning nature. Who came first? Where are we going?" -- Tim Burton "The subtext is strongly anti-slavery, anti-racist and anti-war" Observer
Series: 3-D Vintage Classics
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st June 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.1 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1