Bernard Werber

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Bernard Werber
Bernard WERBER par Michel Restany.jpg
Bernard Werber by Michel Reqstany in February 2013.
Born (1961-09-18) 18 September 1961 (age 53)
Toulouse, France
Nationality France
Citizenship France
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.

Writing style[edit]

Bernard Werber at the Salon du livre de Paris in March 2012.

Werber's style of writing mixes different literary genres, including the saga and science fiction, and incorporates philosophical ideas.[citation needed]

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 appears 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[edit]

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.[1]

Stage and screen[edit]

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).

Literary themes[edit]

In Werber's books, animals such as the dolphins, rats and ants, are presented as intelligent creatures.

He also uses various figures symbolically to reflect "the stage of the evolution of the soul".

Werber defends in many of his books the vision of a collectivist global government that acts as a "world police" and imposes strict birth control.[2][3][4]

Extraordinary experiences[edit]

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 trilogy (Les Fourmis trilogy)[edit]

The "Angels" cycle[edit]

The "Gods" cycle (followup of the cycle of "Angels")[edit]

The "Explorers of science" cycle[edit]

Third Humanity cycle[edit]

Other novels[edit]

Experimental books[edit]

Short stories collections[edit]

  • 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.)






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