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This new translation marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of Georges Bernanos's first novel, Under Satan's Sun, a powerful account of intense spiritual struggle that reflects the author's deeply-felt religion. The work develops a theme that persistently inspired Bernanos: the existence of evil as a spiritual force and its dramatic role in human destiny.This haunting novel f ...more
Hardcover, 257 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by University of Nebraska Press (first published 1926)
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Lisa
Dec 17, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Au-dessus de lui, la nuée se déchire en lambeaux. Une, dix, cent étoiles renaissent, une par une, à la cime de la nuit. Une pluie fine, une poussière d'eau retombe d'un nuage crevé par le vent. Il respire l'air rafraîchi, détendu par l'orage... Ce soir, il ne se défendra plus : il n'a plus rien à défendre ; il a tout donné ; il est vide... Ce cœur humain, il le connaît bien, lui... (Il y est entré avec sa pauvre soutane et ses gros souliers.) Ce cœur ! Ce vieux cœur, qu'habite l'incompréhensibl ...more
Johannes
Jun 28, 2015 Johannes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Chef-d’œuvre inquiétant, radical, éblouissant. Et quel style! Écoutez :
« Qu’elle est longue, la route du retour, la longue route ! Celle des armées battues, la route du soir, qui ne mène à rien, dans la poussière vaine !... Il faut aller, cependant, il faut marcher, tant que bat ce pauvre vieux cœur – pour rien, pour user la vie -, parce qu’il n’y a pas de repos tant que dure le jour, tant que l’astre cruel nous regarde, de son œil unique, au-dessus de l’horizon. Tant que bat le pauvre vieux cœu
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Anna Prejanò
Sep 30, 2012 Anna Prejanò rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L’abate Donissan vede il mondo come un tavolo da gioco in cui la posta tra gli sfidanti – Dio e il diavolo – è l’uomo. La sua storia, sconcertante in sé, risulta tanto più perturbante quanto più l’autore dissemina particolari contraddittori, culminanti nella scena principale, quella dell’incontro con il Maligno, che addirittura ricalca passo passo i sintomi e lo svolgimento di una crisi maniacale, insinuando così non tanto il dubbio che il santo sia solo un pazzo, quanto quello che siano gli sta ...more
James
Mar 08, 2009 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won't normally put books read for dissertation purposes up here, but this one deserves a review (Bernanos was one of the most important French Catholic novelists of the 20th century). This book is intense, mostly in a good way. Essentially it's an attempt to imagine what it would be like if a modern saint were born in the twentieth century, written by someone who truly hates the twentieth century and does not think a saint could find a place in it. There are some very creepy exorcist-style sce ...more
Canread
Jan 11, 2015 Canread rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
J'ai enregistré un livre sur BookCrossing.com !
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Andrew Ziebro
Meandering, incomprehensible, cold. Strange, strange book. I gave up halfway through.
Kåre
Apr 28, 2013 Kåre rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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røvsyg kamp mellem det gode og onde. pudsigt at præsten stadig kunne bruges som billede på det gode i ca 1925.

tænker at beskrivelsen af det onde meget godt passer med krimi genrens massemordere og andre superskurke. på den måde lever genren fint stadigvæk

billedet på det gode ligner mit selvbillede som ung kunstner; massere af hjerte, men ingen veltalenhed eller anden teknik.
Alex Stroshine
Feb 15, 2016 Alex Stroshine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This was a slog to get through. There is no doubt George Bernanos can describe spiritual anxiety and anguish, but the inner turmoil the protagonist endures in this novel is incoherently narrated and none of the characters elicit the reader's sympathy. Psycho-spiritual malaise takes up most of this book.
ruzmarì
Apr 11, 2007 ruzmarì rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Much more dogmatic than Diary of a Country Priest, and lacking the endearing directness or warmth of innocence. Still, Bernanos is a powerful storyteller, and this is a powerful story, startling in places with its timeliness and audacity.
Boubou Doc
faire et douter à chaque seconde de ses actions, n'avoir aucune certitude et la difficulté d'accepter cet état. Une lecture surprenante, complexe mais qui ne m'a pas laissée de marbre
Thomas
May 13, 2016 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pretty cool and intense book about getting tempted by satan and scourging yourself with a big ole whip thing
Seth Holler
Apr 23, 2013 Seth Holler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars despite its blemishes.
Miles
Apr 15, 2008 Miles rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely hated it.
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Georges Bernanos était un écrivain français, gagneur du Grand Prix du Roman de l'Académie française en 1936 avec Journal d'un curé de campagne.

George Bernanos was a French writer. His 1936 book, Journal d'un curé de campagne (Diary of a Country Priest), won the Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française.
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“The work God carries out in us,' he said after a short pause, 'is not often what we expect. A great deal of the time the Holy Spirit seems to be working backward in us and wasting time. If a lump of iron could form an idea of the file that's slowly rough-shaping it, how furious it would be! Yet that's how God shapes us. Certain saints' lives seem horribly monotonous and desolate.” 0 likes
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