Mouchette

byGEORGES BERNANOSIntroduction byFanny HoweTranslated byJ.C. Whitehouse

November 21, 2005|
Mouchette by GEORGES BERNANOS
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One of the great mavericks of French literature, Georges Bernanos 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 knows 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.

Bernanos uncompromising genius was a powerful inspiration to Flannery O’Connor, and Mouchette was the source of a celebrated movie by Robert Bresson.
Georges 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 The Diary of a Country Priest, which, like Mouchette, was adapted for film by Robert Bresson. His Dialogues des Carmelites was used by composer François Poulenc as the ...
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Title:MouchetteFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:156 pages, 7.98 X 5.02 X 0.33 inShipping dimensions:156 pages, 7.98 X 5.02 X 0.33 inPublished:November 21, 2005Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1590171519

ISBN - 13:9781590171516

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