François Mauriac

François Mauriac was a French novelist, dramatist, critic, poet, and journalist, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1952. He is known for his works exploring themes of faith, sin, and human nature.


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  1. 1. Thérèse Desqueyroux

    The novel revolves around the life of Thérèse Desqueyroux, a woman trapped in a loveless marriage in rural France. She is married to Bernard for the sake of property and wealth, not love. Feeling suffocated by the societal expectations and her husband's domination, Thérèse tries to poison Bernard. However, her plan fails and she is acquitted due to lack of evidence. The rest of the novel explores Thérèse's introspection, her struggle with guilt, and her quest for redemption and freedom.

    The 1341st Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Viper’s Tangle

    "Viper's Tangle" is a psychological novel that tells the story of a wealthy lawyer who, in his old age, becomes increasingly bitter and misanthropic. The protagonist writes a series of letters to his wife, expressing his deep resentment towards his family who he believes are only interested in his fortune. As he grapples with his own mortality and the meaninglessness of his life, he experiences a spiritual awakening that leads him to reconsider his views on love, family, and faith.

    The 1730th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Desert Of Love

    The novel explores the complex emotional landscapes of a father and son, both infatuated with the same alluring woman, Maria Cross. Set against the backdrop of early 20th-century France, the narrative delves into the psychological turmoil and moral dilemmas faced by the two men as they vie for the affection of Maria, who remains an elusive and enigmatic figure in their lives. The story examines themes of obsession, unrequited love, and the generational divide, ultimately revealing the profound loneliness and desires that drive human behavior and the inevitable disappointments that come with idealizing another person.

    The 7191st Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The Woman Of The Pharisees

    The novel is a penetrating character study set in early 20th-century France, told through the eyes of a young man reflecting on his past. It centers around a devoutly Catholic woman, whose outward piety and strict adherence to religious principles mask a deep-seated pride and a penchant for manipulation. As the narrator recounts his experiences with this woman, who is closely associated with his family, the narrative explores themes of hypocrisy, morality, and the complex interplay between religion and human nature. The woman's influence on those around her leads to various personal tragedies, revealing the dangers of self-righteousness and the often harsh judgment she imposes on others in the name of virtue.

    The 7191st Greatest Book of All Time