John Ralston Saul
John Ralston Saul is a Canadian public intellectual and a frequent challenger of the status quo.
In his latest book, A Fair Country: Telling Truths About Canada, Saul argues that Canada is a métis nation, heavily influenced and shaped by aboriginal ideas. His essay, The Collapse of Globalism and the Reinvention of the World, confronted the dominant ideology of globalization and laid out the economic crisis that would come several years later. His other works – Voltaire’s Bastards, The Doubter’s Companion, The Unconscious Civilization and On Equilibrium – impacted political thought in many countries. The Birds of Prey, The Paradise Eater and his other novels address modern power and its clash with the individual.
Saul’s work has received many national and international awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Premio Lettarario Internazionale in Italy and Chile’s Pablo Neruda Medal. He is also the General Editor of Penguin Canada’s Extraordinary Canadians biography series.