The concept “Information” as a factor in Bernard Werber’s style

Keywords: BernardWerber,history, literary creative activity, short story, the concept “information”, “The Encyclopedia of Relative and Absolute Knowledge”, writer.

Abstract

The article investigates the concept “information” and its elements in the general creative activity conception of the French writer Bernard Werber through the analysis of his original work “The Encyclopedia of Relative and Absolute Knowledge”, each short story represents a narrative, a recommendation, a principle, a formula from various fields of popular science. It is pointed out that the author presents some scientific data in a simplified way, other facts are given in a purely professional one, thereby Bernard Werber demonstrates his own competence in the fields of history, mathematics, biology, astronomy, etc., as well as journalistic skills. It is stated that such diverse correlations exist due to the writer's passion for science and history, personal life experience in these areas, and all this ultimately stimulates readers' thinking, which is the main goal of Werber's creative activity. The article explores the correlative plane, which combines data from many branches of science in a historical context, that generally forms an informative complex containing the issues about the history of tribes and peoples (Maya, Aztecs, Arabs, Chinese, etc.), their legends and beliefs (Atlanteans, the origin of a man, pyramids, etc.), wars (episodes of individual military stalemate), religions (conflicts between paganism and Christianity, the Inquisition, etc.), technology and architecture (erection and structure of historical monuments, temples), the natural world (features of physiology) people, ants, dinosaurs), games (particularly about chess combining psychological and historical components). “The Encyclopedia of Relative and Absolute Knowledge” also includes the facts about many historical figures who have made significant contributions to the study and formation of the general noosphere. It is concluded that the writer by providing an array of diverse information in “The Encyclopedia of Relative and Absolute Knowledge” gets the reader not only to be a recipient of ready knowledge, but also to set up new tasks that need to be solved, and the main one among them is life mission understanding.

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Author Biographies

Volodymyr Demchenko, Kherson National Technical University, Ukraine.

Department of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, Kherson National Technical University, Ukraine.

Ilona Kostikova, H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Ukraine.

Department of Theory and Practice of the English Language, H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Ukraine.

Yuliia Вozhko, H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Ukraine.

Department of Theory and Practice of the English Language, H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Ukraine.

Kostiantyn Holoborodko, H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Ukraine.

Department of the Ukrainian Language, H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Ukraine.

Olena Malenko, H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Ukraine.

Department of Ukrainian Studies and Linguistics, H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Ukraine.

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Published
2021-05-31
How to Cite
Demchenko, V., Kostikova, I., ВozhkoY., Holoborodko, K., & Malenko, O. (2021). The concept “Information” as a factor in Bernard Werber’s style. Amazonia Investiga, 10(40), 265-274. https://doi.org/10.34069/AI/2021.40.04.26
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