Synopses & Reviews
The masterpiece of one of the greatest modern Catholic writers A novel told in the form of a confessional letter, this is the story of Monsieur Louis, an embittered, aging lawyer who has spread his misery to his entire estranged family. Louis writes to explain to them, and to himself, why his soul has been deformed, why his heart seems like a foul nest of twisted serpents. Mauriac's novel masterfully explores the corruption caused by pride, avarice, and hatred, and its oppositethe divine grace that remains available to each of us until the very moment of our deaths. It is the unforgettable tale of the battle for one man's soul.
About the Author
François Mauriac (18851970) was the French Catholic author of novels, plays, essays, and political commentary who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1952. David Lodge has been twice short-listed for the Booker Prize and is the author of 15 novels, including Thinks . . . and Changing Places.