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By Georges Bernanos
Translated, edited, and with an Introduction by Anthony Giambrone, O.P.
Georges Bernanos’s Saint Dominic, first published in 1939, serves as the foundation for this small volume on the saint whose Order of Preachers recently celebrated its 800th Jubilee. Famous for his novels Under the Sun of Satan, A Diary of a Country Priest, and Joy, 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.
For Bernanos, the life of a saint is a prodigy of God’s grace, which escapes the deterministic science of cause and effect. (From the Introduction)
Saint Dominic also includes, as an beautiful accompaniment to Bernanos’s work, Giambrone’s translation and introduction of True Devotion to Saint Dominic, by Marie-Étienne Vayssière, O.P., and his compilation of a post-lude of prayers and hymns to Saint Dominic and his Order.
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.