Under the Sun of Satan

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Under the Sun of Satan
AuthorGeorges Bernanos

Under the Sun of Satan (French: Sous le soleil de Satan) is Georges Bernanos's first published novel, appearing in 1926 in Paris.

According to Michel Estève, the novel draws on three primary inspirations: the life of the curate Jean-Marie Vianney, which informs the character Donissan; the writers Léon Bloy and Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly, from whom Bernanos takes the idea of a world deprived of God and the idea of a union of reality and the supernatural, respectively; and the social climate of France after World War I, which Bernanos vocally decried.[1]

It is listed #45 on Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century.





  1. ^ Bernanos, Œuvres romanesques, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Gallimard 1961 p. 1758.

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