"Engineer of style" is the expression which defines Bernard Werber. The passage of the Novel to the News is not for him an obstacle, but the occasion to take us along in a literary form of expression which it carries like a glove. All the pleasure will be in the fact of letting itself guide.
long novels in general. How had the idea just written to you a collection of news?
My editor always said me that the news was not sold.
I then launched out in this work like a challenge interesting to raise. I adore to make what is given like loser at the beginning, I like to take risks. I take pleasure to go to the front what leaves the ordinary one. To write a collection which one gave losing in advance in term of sale was for me a beautiful challenge.
Your collection is however the best sale currently...
I am with the head of the sales of books with "the tree of possible", I thus made a success of my challenge. On Internet the readers do not stop meaning me the pleasure which they have to read this collection, I of it am really very content. I never knew such a glory. I even sold more than Goncourt.
The imaginary one overflows of grace and intensity in your stories...
All the stories of the tree of possible result from an observation of the world. I digest the world in the news. I collect what occurs while leaving free court to my imaginary which in fact its own interpretation.
Does separately the length of the text, which differences have there T-it enters the writing of a novel and that of a novel?
The advantage of the news is to be written first jet. I enormously rewrite the novels, I do not stop working there. The first six months are super in novels, but the last quarter of work of a novel is unbearable for me. The first hour of writing is me is pleasant for a news, and there is no rewriting. The news is a gross product.
At which time of your life the writing it did appear as the trade which should exert?
In a preceding life, I dreamed to be a writer and I was it in this one. Before dying in my former life, I thought that the job which has the easiest air for the lazy ones and in which I would not have an owner to support, would be the trade of writer. That made several lives which I wanted to write, I carry it out only in this one. All really started from there.
When do you write in general?
I write my large novels of 8h with 12h30 the morning, it is automatic. I continue with my portable computer when I travel by the train. I write the news the afternoon, but that made several weeks that I did not write any.
Best energy is that of the morning, I devote it to the novel.
You join the point of view of your editor, in the direction where the news is not a significant literary work, one can write it at any time...
The news is for me a bicycle of test, it is a launched idea which gives a small construction. That requires much less energy than to build a cathedral. On the other hand, the news can be rough work preceding a novel which will become refinement about it.
This is the search of the refinement
which makes you work over again your novels constantly...
Collected by N A . (autumn 2002)
Bibliography Bernard Werber
Influences of Bernard werber
Edgar Poe François Rabelais Jules Verne J. de La Fontaine Isaac Asimov Arthur Clarke
Amélie Nothomb Douglas Kennedy Eliette Abécassis Dai Sijie Marc Levy Bernard Werber Mary Higgins Clark
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