Daniel Quinn

Teacher seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person.


It was just a three-line ad in the personals section, but it launched the adventure of a lifetime.


So begins an utterly unique and captivating novel. It is the story of a man who embarks on a highly provocative intellectual adventure with a gorilla — a journey of the mind and spirit that changes forever the way he sees the world and humankind’s place in it.


In Ishmael, which received the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship for the best work of fiction offering positive solutions to global problems, Daniel Quinn parses humanity’s origins and its relationship with nature, in search of an answer to this challenging question: How can we save the world from ourselves?

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