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Empire Of The Ants - Bernard Werber

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Published: 2nd January 1997
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"In this exceptional first novel, Bernard Werber describes with chilling accuracy a universe of crime, a world of inconceivable brutality, hidden beneath the soil. The day of the ants is near at hand. In the short time it takes to read this simple phrase, well over 700,000,000 ants are born. Ants have inhabited the planet for over ten million years, and from small beginnings, they have created intricate cities and empires across the globe. They have developed their own civilization, built up kingdoms and formed a highly sophisticated army. Ants have perfected the art of war; their guerrilla tactics are second to none. They have their own leaders, equivalent to Attila the Hun, Christopher Columbus or Julius Caesar. A phenomenal bestseller throughout Europe, Empire of the Ants primes the imagination to wander and enter the world of the inter-terrestials. Once you have read this fascinating novel, reality will never seem quite the same again."

First published in France in 1991, this ingenious anthropomorphic fantasy draws disturbing parallels between the rigidly structured "empire" in which ants work, multiply, make war, and survive and the less ordered lives of their most dangerous predators: human beings. Weber expertly weaves together weirdly beautiful near-documentary descriptions of ant culture with the story of the Wells family, Americans resettled in Paris, who ignore the orders of their late Uncle Edmond (an entomological researcher, and author of an idiosyncratic "encyclopedia" - from which we're given snippets) to "Never go down into the cellar!" The mystery of their subsequent disappearances, and of the fated encounter between human and insect societies, is hidden within a mathematical puzzle whose solution precipitates a thoroughly satisfying denouement. A tour de force. (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 9780552141123
ISBN-10: 0552141127
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 2nd January 1997
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 11.1  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Number: 1