Essayist and novelist John Ralston Saul was born in Ottawa, in 1947. He was educated in the public school systems of Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario before receiving a BA (Hons) at McGill University and a PhD at King's College, University of London.
Mr Saul's growing impact on political and economic thought in many countries was firmly established with his 1995 Massey Lectures. The resulting book, The Unconscious Civilization, won the 1996 Governor-General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. It was the 3rd and concluding volume in his political/philosophy trilogy which began with the Votaire's Bastards - The Dictatorship of Reason in the West and The Doubter's Companion - A Dictionary of Aggressive Common Sense. He is also a two time recipient of the Gordon Montador Award for Best Canadian Non-Fiction Book on social issues (1996 for The Unconscious Civilization and 1998 for Reflections of a Siamese Twin - Canada at the End of the Twentieth Century).
Mr Saul's first novel, Mort d'un Général (1977) was originally published in French and subsequently in English as The Birds of Prey. During the 1980s he published The Field Trilogy, which turns on the crisis of the individual in the late 20th century. His travels with different guerilla armies played an important role in the trilogy. More recently, he published an ironic, picaresque novel in French: De si Bons Américains. His essays and novels are translated into more than a dozen languages.
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