Francois Mauriac's masterpieces and one of the greatest Catholic
novels, Therese Desqueyroux
is the haunting story of an unhappily married
young woman whose desperation drives her to thoughts of murder. Mauriac
paints an unforgettable portrait of spiritual isolation and despair, but he
also dramatizes the complex realites of forgiveness, grace, and redemption.
Set in the countryside outside Bordeaux, in a region of overwhelming heat
and sudden storms, the novel's landscape reflects the inner world of
Therese, a figure who has captured the imaginations of readers for
Raymond N. MacKenzie's new translation, the first since 1947,
captures the poetic lyricism of Mauriac's prose as well as the intensity of
his stream-of-consciousness narrative. MacKenzie provides notes and a
biographical and interpretive introduction to help readers better appreciate
the mastery of Francois Mauriac, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1952.