Georges Bernanos (2437 words)

Simon Kemp (University of Oxford)
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Georges Bernanos (1888-1948) was a French novelist and essayist whose works combined a strong Catholic faith with highly conservative politics. His novels present a world in which divine grace and Satanic temptation are very real phenomena, and offer psychological analyses of troubled men of faith, often with a Catholic priest as protagonist. His political essays are consistently right-wing, but develop through the 1930s away from early hard-right extremism to a denunciation of fascism and anti-semitism. His best-known works are the novels Sous le soleil de Satan [Under the Sun of Satan] (1926) and Journal d’un curé de campagne [Diary of a Country Priest] (1936), and the essay Les Grands Cimetières …

Citation: Kemp, Simon. "Georges Bernanos". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 November 2012 [, accessed 17 April 2021.]

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