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Under Satan's Sun

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  398 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 257 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Bison Books (first published 1926)
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Ivan
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mamma mia, angosciante. E' un curato d'Ars triste, tristissimo, tanto triste da risultare improbabile. E' la bontà, la gioia e la serenità dell'abbandono nelle braccia del Padre, dove sta?
Czarny Pies
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-lit
Le film "Sous le soleil de Satan" réalisé par Maurice Pialiat a gagné le Palme d'Or de 1987 à l'unanimité. C'est tout à fait étonnant que l'on a pu réaliser un aussi bon film basé sur un roman aussi cocasse. Georges Bernanos pensait que les prêtres romains catholiques étaient des combattants dans une guerre contre Satan. Dans "Sous le soleil de Satan", Mouchette, une guidoune adolescente qui devient enceinte fuit la maison familiale. Quand son amant qui est trois fois plus vieux qu'elle refuse d ...more
Steven R. McEvoy
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
This book has been on my radar for a while. After reading Diary of A Country Priest in a few different courses in school I had always intended to circle back, but had not done so. This specific book had been recommended to me a few times, but it was out of print and hard to track down. That has now been resolved by Cluny Media. Cluny is in the process or restoring to print in new editions many Catholic Classics. They have the goal of promoting Catholic intellectual and cultural tradition. They a ...more
Lisa
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"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
James
Mar 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Andrew Weitzel
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In early 20th century France, a simple-minded country priest fights a hopeless battle against the sins of his parishioners and at times, he believes, even Satan himself, incarnate and appearing before him to mock his efforts. His desperate zealotry leads him to extreme measures, from asceticism to self-flagellation to even rejecting his own salvation.

This novel is gets pretty intense after a slow start, so stick with it. Regarding the main character: I doubt author Georges Bernanos meant for Fa
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Thomas
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
pretty cool and intense book about getting tempted by satan and scourging yourself with a big ole whip thing
Jack Luminous
Pomysł na fabułę i problematyka są jak najbardziej w porządku i bardzo mi odpowiadają, ale sposób, w jaki ta powieść jest napisana, całkowicie skreślą ją z listy dobrych lektur. Przegadana, przeegzaltowana, mocno chaotyczna i potwornie nudna ramota. Aż się przykro robi, bo potencjał jest/był ogromny, natomiast sposób opowiadania historii zestarzał się niemożliwie i dzisiaj trudno się tym emocjonować.
Eiluned
Jan 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Je suis sans doute passée à côté , mais je ne me souviens pas de m'être autant ennuyée qu'avec ce livre. Il y a sans doute quelques belles phrases à sauver, mais les errements et le parcours de foi d'un curé qui a vu Satan m'ont laissée de marbre. Je me suis forcée à finir.
Paul
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meandering. Bernanos writes much, says little. Still, it's always good to remember the devil exists and seeks our damnation.
Terry
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Yes lyrical and yes compelling. It wasn’t until the second half (the night time walk with satan) that I finally became interested.
Matthieu Huard
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A masterpiece of literature!
Sean
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fav
Binsse and Morris are about tied in their masterful translations of this masterpiece, the Morris has a Victorian torque, the Binsee maintains a slightly more flexible, awestruck lyricism. The later translation called Under Satan's Sun is of little use.
Anna Prejanò
Sep 25, 2012 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
Johannes
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miracles
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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Kåre
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: litteratur
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
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grenouille
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.
Dmitry Butsenets
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Весь текст настолько пропитан религиозностью и убеждениями писателя, что становится если не почти нечитаем, то откровенно скушен. вся человеческая драма, которая здесь есть, похоронена под мраморными плитами и спрятана в исповедальнях.
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
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Seth Holler
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars despite its blemishes.
Andrew Ziebro
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Meandering, incomprehensible, cold. Strange, strange book. I gave up halfway through.
Miles
Apr 15, 2008 rated it did not like it
Absolutely hated it.
Canread
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
J'ai enregistré un livre sur BookCrossing.com !
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Valeriia Arnaud
Savoureux à lire, mais, putain, qu'est-ce que c'est chiant...
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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.
“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.” 3 likes
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