Under Satan's sun
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 follows the fortunes of a young, gauche, and fervent Catholic priest who is a misfit in the world and in his church, creating scandal and disharmony wherever he turns. His insight into the inner lives of others and his perception of the workings of Satan in the everyday are gifts that fatefully come into play in the priest's chance encounter with a young murderess, whose life and emotions he can see with a dreadful clarity, and whose destiny inexorably becomes entangled with his own.Georges Bernanos (1888-1948) was one of the twentieth century's most forceful and idiosyncratic writers and perhaps the most original Roman Catholic writer of his time. He wrote most of his major fiction in a period of barely twelve years, between 1926 and 1937, including his best-known work, The Diary of a Country Priest.J. C. Whitehouse is Reader in Comparative Literature at the University of Bradford. He is the author of Vertical Man: The Human Being in the Catholic Novels of Graham Greene, Sigrid Undset, and Georges Bernanos and the translator of many books, including Bernanos's The Impostor (Nebraska 1999).
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