Empire of the Ants | Bernard Werber


Jonathan Wells and his young family come to Paris, to flat 3, Rue des Sybarites inheriting the dusty apartment with the warning from his eccentric uncle: Never go down into the cellar. When the family dog escapes down the cellar stairs they accidentally threaten the security of a hidden civilisation as intelligent and complex as our own.

Empire of the Ants is a brilliant evocation of this hidden civilisation, far more ancient than ours, a fascinating realm where boats are built of leaves and greenflies are domesticated and milked like cows, where citizens lock antennae in communication and fight wars with precisely coordinated armies using sprays of glue and acids that can dissolve a snail.

Originally written in French, published in 1991 as Les Fourmis, this intriguing novel by Bernard Werber was translated into English as Empire of the Ants. It has sold more than two million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages. In the tradition of Watership Down but with a dark, original twist. Unique and daring, Empire of the Ants tells the story of an ordinary family and a colony of ants determined to survive at any cost. This vividly captures the lives and struggles of a fellow species and the valuable lessons they have to teach us.