Vipers' Tangle


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By François Mauriac | Introduction and Notes by Timothy P. O'Malley | Preface by Stephen Mirarchi

Vipers' Tangle

A man’s letter to his estranged wife, explaining his hatred for her and their children, is transformed under Mauriac’s masterful pen into a diary of spiritual and psychological battles against God, family, and self. With remarkable subtlety and sensitivity, Mauriac relates the transformation of Monsieur Louis by the sublime workings of grace. Vipers’ Tangle’s superb arc and unflinching examination of the human heart makes it easily one of the greatest novels—Catholic or otherwise—of all time.

“Mauriac remains unequalled in conciseness and expressive force of language.” ~Anders Österling, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy

François Mauriac (1885–1970) was a French novelist, poet, critic, and journalist, and the Laureate of the 1952 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D., is director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy. He teaches in the area of liturgical-sacramental theology, spirituality, and catechesis at the University of Notre Dame. He is also author of Liturgy and the New Evangelization: Practicing the Art of Self-Giving Love (Liturgical Press, 2014).

Paperback: 352pp.

ISBN: 978-1944418267