Bernard Werber by Michel Reqstany in February 2013.
18 September 1961 |
|Occupation||Journalist (1983–1990), writer|
Bernard Werber (born 18 September 1961 in Toulouse) is a French science fiction writer active since the 1990s. He is mostly recognized for having written the trilogy Les Fourmis, his only book translated into English.
Despite having only his very first book available in English, Bernard Werber's work has been translated in more than thirty languages, and brings together philosophy, spirituality, science fiction, thriller, science, biology, mythology, consciousness and many more subjects in those lines.
- 1 Writing style
- 2 3 October book launches
- 3 Stage and screen
- 4 Literary themes
- 5 Extraordinary experiences
- 6 Works
- 7 Lectures
- 8 References
- 9 External links
In most of his novels, he uses the same construction, which alternates between encyclopedic passages and more typical prose. The encyclopedic sections inform and enlarge upon the ideas in the main prose.
Most of his novels are also connected by common characters and, on occasion, story threads and themes. For example, the character, Edmond Wells, appear both in the trilogy, Les Fourmis (The Ants), and the singular novel, L'Empire des anges (The Empire of the Angels).
3 October book launches
Several years ago, Werber decided to launch a book each year on 3 October. His aim was to give the public something other than the prix Goncourt when it comes to new writing—a perhaps tongue-in-cheek reference to the prestigious literary award given by Société littéraire des Goncourt in France.
Stage and screen
In addition to the film Nos amis les Terriens (Our Earthmen Friends), released in 2007, Werber has also produced a short film, La Reine De Nacre (The Mother-of-pearl Queen), and written a play, Nos Amis Les Humains (Our Friends, the Humans).
He also uses various figures symbolically to reflect "the stage of the evolution of the soul".
Bernard Werber is a member of INREES, Institute for Research on Extraordinary Experiences, an association which exists to promote the acknowledgement of extraordinary or unusual experiences.
This is reflected in some of Werber's novels that use science, the paranormal, and spirituality as prominent subjects. Examples include Thanatonautes (The Thanatonauts), which proposes a spiritualist version of near death experiences and afterlife; L'Empire des Anges (The Empire of the Angels) and Le Mystère des Dieux (The Mystery of the Gods), which describe a kind of connection between souls, angels and gods; and Nos Amis Les Terriens (Our Earthmen Friends), which describes alien abductions.
The Ants quintet (Les Fourmis quintet)
- Les Fourmis, Prix des lecteurs de Science et Avenir, 1991, ISBN 2-226-05257-7. (lit. The Ants, translated into English as Empire of the Ants). This book sold more than two million copies and has been translated into more than 30 languages.
- Le Jour Des Fourmis, 1992, ISBN 2-226-06118-5 (lit. The Day of the Ants)
- La Révolution des Fourmis, 1996, ISBN 2-226-08636-6 (lit. The Revolution of the Ants)
The "Angels" cycle
- Les Thanatonautes, 1994, ISBN 2-226-06758-2 (lit. The Thanatonauts)
- L'Empire des Anges, 2000, ISBN 2-226-11526-9 (lit. The Empire of the Angels)
The "Gods" cycle (followup of the cycle of "Angels")
- Nous, les Dieux, 2004, ISBN 2-226-15498-1 (lit. Us, Gods)
The "Explorers of science" cycle
- Le père de nos pères, 1998, ISBN 2-226-10562-X (lit. The Father of our Fathers)
- L'ultime secret, 2001, ISBN 2-226-12740-2 (lit. The Ultimate Secret)
- Le rire du Cyclope, 2010, ISBN 2-226-21529-8 (lit. The Laughter of the Cyclops)
Third Humanity cycle
- Le papillon des étoiles, 2006, ISBN 2-226-17349-8 (lit. The Butterfly of the Stars)
- Le miroir de Cassandre, 2009, ISBN 2-226-19402-9 (lit. The Mirror of Cassandra)
- L'Encyclopédie du savoir relatif et absolu, 1993, ISBN 2-226-06583-0 (lit. The Encyclopedia of Relative and Absolute Knowledge)
- Le Livre du Voyage, 1997, ISBN 2-226-09445-8 (lit. The Book of Travel)
- Le Livre secret des Fourmis, 2002 (lit. The Secret Book of the Ants)
- Nos amis, les humains, 2003 (lit. Our Friends, the Humans)
- Nouvelle Encyclopédie du savoir relatif et absolu, 2009 (lit. New Encyclopedia of Relative and Absolute Knowledge)
- Voyage au cœur du vivant, 2011 (lit. Journey within the Living)
Short stories collections
- L'Arbre des possibles, 2002, ISBN 2-226-13459-X (lit. The Tree of Possibles)
- Paradis sur mesure, 2008, EAN13 9782226188502 (lit. Custom Paradise(s)*) – (*:Probably in the sense of "A paradise for everyone" (hence, many ones), as in French, Paradise is "Paradis", it is therefore impossible to say if it is singular or plural; but the fact that the book is composed of multiple stories points towards the use of the plural meaning.)
- Les Enfants D'Ève, May 2005 (lit. The Children of Eve)
- La Reine de nacre (short, 15'), 2001 (lit. The Mother-of-pearl Queen)
- Les Humains (short, 9'), 2003 (lit. The Humans)
- Nos amis les Terriens (full length), produced by Claude Lelouch, 2007 (lit. Our Friends, the Earthlings)
- Nos amis, les humains, 2003, ISBN 2-226-13793-9, produced in 2004 by Jean-Christophe Barc with Audrey Dana and Jean-Christophe Barc
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bernard Werber.|
- Works by or about Bernard Werber at Internet Archive (optimized for the non-Beta site)
- (French) Werber's official website
- (French) Werber's selected quotes
- (French) Encyclopédie du savoir relatif et absolu online
- (French) His page as a member of the assistance committee of the INREES