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By Georges Bernanos
First published in 1939, Georges Bernanos’s Saint Dominic is the foundation for this small volume on the saint whose Order of Preachers recently celebrated its 800th Jubilee. Bernanos brings the touch of the novelist to the much-neglected art of Christian hagiography, with St. Dominic as his subject. Under the deft touch of Giambrone’s translation, the bold, brash grammar of Bernanos’s sketch of the Preacher of Grace is brought to life for the first time in English. To accompany Bernanos’s work, Giambrone has also translated and introduced True Devotion to Saint Dominic, by Marie-Étienne Vayssière, O.P., as well as compiled a postlude of prayers and hymns to Saint Dominic and his Order.
"The name of Georges Bernanos suggests to cultivated readers The Diary of a Country Priest, his 1936 novel which appeared in English the next year. Few realize that this gifted French author also wrote on Saint Dominic. Giambrone remedies this circumstance with a prose that equals the French author’s own." ~Romanus Cessario, O.P.
Georges Bernanos (1888–1948) was a French author and critic, and winner of the Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie française in 1936. A devout Catholic, Bernanos wrote numerous novels, stories, and essays on the nature of faith, society, and suffering.
Anthony Giambrone, O.P., is a priest of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph. He is the author of Sacramental Charity, Creditor Christology, and the Economy of Salvation in Luke’s Gospel (Mohr Siebeck). Fr. Giambrone currently serves as professor of New Testament at the École Biblique in Jerusalem.