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- DescriptionOne of the great mavericks of French literature, Georges Bernas combined raw realism with a spiritual focus of visionary intensity. Mouchette stands with his celebrated Diary of a Country Priest as the perfection of his singular art. Nothing but a little savage is how the village school-teacher describes fourteen-year-old Mouchette, and that view is echoed by every right-thinking local citizen. Mouchette herself doesn't bother to contradict it; ragged, foulmouthed, dirt-poor, a born liar and loser, she kws herself to be, in the words of the story, alone, completely alone, against everyone. Hers is a tale of tragic solitude in which despair and salvation appear to be inextricably intertwined. Bernas uncompromising genius was a powerful inspiration to Flannery O'Conr, and Mouchette was the source of a celebrated movie by Robert Bresson.
- Author BiographyGEORGE BERNANOS (1888-1948) was born in Paris and studied for his license in law and literature at the University of Paris. He was the author of many novels , including Diary of a Country Priest, which, like Mouchette, was adapted for film by Robert Bresson. His Dialogues des Carmelites was used by composer Francois Poulenc as the libretto for the opera of the same title. FANNY HOWE was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and moved to California to attend Stanford University when she was seventeen. She has published several books of poetry and fiction and a collection of essays called The Wedding Dress. She is Professor Emeritus of American Literature and Writing at the University of California, San Diego.
- Author(s)Georges Bernanos
- PublisherThe New York Review of Books, Inc
- Date of Publication15/06/2004
- SubjectThe Arts: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNYRB Classics
- Weight163 g
- Width122 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine8 mm
- Translated byJ. C. Whitehouse
- Introduction byFanny Howe
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