The King of the Ants

[Król mrówek]
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Type: Literature
Nothing inappropriate.
Some morally inappropriate content.
Contains significant sections contrary to faith or morals.
Contains some lurid passages, or presents a general ideological framework that could confuse those without much Christian formation.
Contains several lurid passages, or presents an ideological framework that is contrary or foreign to Christian values.
Explicitly contradicts Catholic faith or morals, or is directed against the Church and its institutions.
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Due to an excellent formation in his youth, Hebert became passionate for Greco-Roman classical culture. In this book he presents some considerations about certain mythological creatures which he relates to contemporary culture of which he is so critical. There is a good dose of humor and parody but there are also intelligent reflections about man, culture and society…

It has a refined prose and is quite entertaining while at the same time it helps to reflect and appreciate what is true, beautiful and noble. It contains some sensual comment.

The edition by Ryszard Krynicki is of good quality and the polish translation by Anna Rubió and Jerzy Slawomirski is well done.

Author: Luis Ramoneda, Spain, 2019