World: Mauriac: The Splendor of Sin

I have tried to make the Catholic universe of evil palpable, tangible, odorous. If theologians provided an abstract idea of the sinner, I gave him flesh and blood.

FRENCH Author François Mauriac not only supplied his characters with flesh and blood, but made the flesh ache and the blood shiver with fear as the sinner stood alone before God, smitten with a sense of guilt and remorse. In his poems and his plays, in his 23 novels and his political musings for Le Figaro and L'Express, the Nobel-prizewinning author explored the nature of human...

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