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François Charles Mauriac was a French author, member of the Académie française, and laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was awarded the Grand Cross of the Légion d'honneur in 1958.
François Mauriac's masterpiece and one of the greatest Catholic novels, Thérèse Desqueyroux is the haunting story of an unhappily married young woman whose desperation drives her to thoughts of murder. Mauriac paints an unforgettable portrait of spiritual isolation and despair, but he also dramatizes the complex realities of forgiveness, grace, and redemption. Set in the countryside outside Bordeaux, in a region of overwhelming heat and sudden storms, the novel's landscape reflects the inner world of Thérèse, a figure who has captured the imaginations of readers for generations.
Raymond N. MacKenzie's new translation of Thérèse Desqueyroux, the first since 1947, captures the poetic lyricism of Mauriac's prose as well as the intensity of his stream-of-consciousness narrative. MacKenzie also provides notes and a biographical and interpretive introduction to help readers better appreciate the mastery of François Mauriac, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1952. This volume also includes a translation of "Conscience, The Divine Instinct," Mauriac's first draft of the story, never before available in English.
Saint Margaret of Cortona
Margaret of Cortona was an Italian penitent of the Third Order of St. Francis. She was born in Laviano, near Perugia, and died in Cortona. She was canonized in 1728. She is the patron saint of the falsely accused; hobos; homeless; insane; orphaned; mentally ill; midwives; penitents; single mothers; reformed prostitutes; third children; tramps. Saint Margaret of Cortona aroused Mauriac’s interest because very little was known about her in France and because she succumbed to human love and even had a child. This interest distracted him in a time when the Germans were all over France and he followed her wherever she led him. This is the story of one such spiritual encounter.
François Charles Mauriac
The masterpiece of one of the twentieth century’s greatest Catholic writers, Vipers’ Tangle tells the story of Monsieur Louis, an embittered aging lawyer who has spread his misery to his entire estranged family. Louis writes a journal to explain to them—and to himself—why his soul has been deformed, why his heart seems like a foul nest of twisted serpents.
Mauriac’s novel masterfully explores the corruption caused by pride, avarice, and hatred, and its opposite—the divine grace that remains available to each of us until the very moment of our deaths. It is the unforgettable tale of the battle for one man’s soul.
“a modern masterpiece.”—St. Louis Star-Times
“It is a magnificent novel, beautifully and skilfully written.”—Integrity
“Mauriac is one of the few who can touch the supernatural and write superb fiction simultaneously...Perhaps no one reader will see all that is taught in this book. But that is the nature of great literature. We are satisfied in knowing that any serious reader of mature intelligence will find the story profound and yet exciting in a tense, still sort of way. Few novels bring one so close to the soul of man; fewer have such a profound grasp of basic supernatural values.”—Rev. Demetrius Manousos, O.F.M.Cap. The Cowl
“extraordinary Catholic novel”—Commonwealth
“Both as a novelist in the tradition of Dostoevsky and as a poet in that of Baudelaire, Mauriac deserves his present position as one of the world’s greatest writers.”—The New York Times
“One of the most human and Catholic of Mauriac’s works, Vipers’ Tangle could well be his greatest.”—Best Sellers
The thinking and suffering of the author of Remembrance of Things Past are intimately exposed in these letters to Mauriac.
A Woman of the Pharisees
Francois Mauriac, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 1952, was famous for his subtle character portraits of the French rural classes and for depicting their struggles, aspirations and traditions. The Woman of the Pharisees, which was first published in English in 1946 and became one of Mauriac’s most accomplished novels, is a penetrating evocation of the moral and religious values of a Bordeaux community. In Brigitte, we see how the ideals of love and companionship are stifled in the presence of a self-righteous woman whose austere religious principals lead her to interfere—disastrously—in the lives of others. One by one the unwitting victims fall prey to the bleakness of her “perfection.” A conscientious schoolteacher, a saintly priest, her husband and stepdaughter and an innocent schoolboy are all confronted with tragedy and upheaval. But the author’s extraordinary gift for psychological insight goes on to show how redeeming features inevitably surface from disaster. The unfolding drama is seen through the discerning eye of a young Louis—Brigitte’s stepson—whose point of view is skillfully blended into the mature and understanding adult he later becomes.
“Mauriac is one of the greatest novelists.”—The New York Times
God and Mammon and What Was Lost
Fran_ois Mauriac, winner of the 1952 Nobel Prize in literature, is one of the most prominent Catholic novelists of the modern era, yet in the English speaking world he is known primarily for only one novel, 1927's ThZr_se Desqueyroux. In this new translation of two other seminal works by Mauriac, the 1930 novel What Was Lost and its theoretical basis, the 1929 essay God and Mammon, Raymond N. MacKenzie re-introduces Mauriac to the English speaking world. Featuring a scholarly introduction by MacKenzie that provides background on Mauriac's religious and artistic struggles, this new edition will delight scholars of Mauriac as well as contemporary readers previously unfamiliar with his work.
Letters on Art and Literature
France’s great Catholic author and Nobel Prize winner unfolds his thoughts on a variety of topics in a series of letters written to such men as Albert Camus, Jean Cocteau, Pierre Schaeffer and Jacques Rivière. Readers of Proust’s Way, Men I Hold Great, and The Stumbling Block will find intense interest in Mauriac’s reflections on the death of Georges Bernanos, the Claudel-Gide correspondence, and the Routier youth movement.
Le mystère Frontenac
Veuve et mère sublime, Blanche Frontenac se voue à l'éducation de ses enfants, Jean-Louis, José et Yves. Dans un désir d'éternité, elle tente de faire de sa famille une véritable oeuvre d'art. Mais les femmes, la guerre et la littérature bouleverseront ce dessein qui l'unissait à ses fils...
La fin de la nuit
Publié en 1935, La fin de la nuit est une suite à Thérèse Desqueyroux, qui raconte la fin de la vie de l'héroïne.
Falsifiant des ordonnances, Thérèse a tenté d'empoisonner Bernard, son mari, un homme respectable mais froid, buté. Pour préserver sa famille du scandale, ce dernier a déposé en faveur de sa femme; Thérèse a obtenu un non-lieu. Sur le chemin qui la ramène du tribunal vers son mari, la jeune femme fait défiler sa vie, les blessures qui l'ont poussée à commettre ce crime démoniaque. Peut-être la plus belle, la plus violente prière romanesque de Mauriac.
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