Catalina (novel)

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Catalina (novel)
Author W. Somerset Maugham
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Heinemann
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 256
Preceded by Creatures of Circumstance
Followed by Great Novelists and Their Novels

Catalina is a novel written by W. Somerset Maugham and first published by Heinemann [1]in 1948. Set in Spain during the Inquisition the novel is a satire on the power of the church. It was Maugham’s last published novel.


Catalina is a crippled girl, supposedly cured by divine intervention after witnessing a vision of the Virgin Mary. As a result of this, she is pressured into becoming a nun in a Carmelite convent. The Bishop of Segovia, himself undergoing a crisis of faith, becomes involved in the debate about the debt owed to god by Catalina for her cure, but the girl resists all attempts to control her life, determined to marry the man she loves. She joins a troupe of strolling players and becomes the most famous actress in all of Spain.