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The Song of Bernadette by Franz Werfel

The Song of Bernadette (1941)

by Franz Werfel

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"The Song of Bernadette is a novel, but not a fictive work." (Franz Werfel)
  iwb | May 8, 2017 |
The Song of Bernadette is a fictionalized account of Bernadette Soubirous's encounters with a woman who claims to be the Immaculate Conception (i.e. the Virgin Mary). Eventually, Bernadette-mania spreads across France and even the world, but she really wishes she could be left alone. Lourdes is now a major pilgrimage site, and the humble grotto where she had her encounters is now the site of a massive basilica, and Bernadette, who died young from tuberculosis, is now a saint.

The story behind the book, about the Jewish author and his wife hiding in Lourdes from the Nazis while trying to escape to the United States is almost more compelling than the actual result. But those interested in Bernadette's story, as well as those who liked the movie based on the book will find much to enjoy here. ( )
1 vote inge87 | May 28, 2016 |
122. The Song of Bernadette, by Franz Werfel (read 1943) I was totally inspired by this book and still, more than 70 years later, remember some of the account--though I suppose my memory has been aided by the movie, which I saw after I read the book. ( )
  Schmerguls | Sep 14, 2013 |
Pleasantly surprised and inspired by this book. It is a reminder of the close connection between the beautiful and the good. By his art, the author very effectively evokes Bernadette's experience of the beautiful lady who appeared to her at Lourdes, and the powerful effect it had on her. This in turn heightened my experience of the rest of the tale -- the story of the forces of family, state and even Church that questioned, doubted, and dismissed Bernadette's experience. And it certainly sweetened for me the lady's eventual triumph over all these forces!

Well worth reading!
  johnredmond | Sep 5, 2012 |
Great read, highly recommend. Story of a yound girl who sees visions of a lady in a grotto by the river and the desruption it causes the government and church and the intellectuals. ( )
  charlie68 | Jun 4, 2009 |
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Werfel, Franzprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bredemeyer, ElisabethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lewisohn, LudwigTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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François Soubirous erhebt sich in der Dunkelheit.
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An epic in novel form telling of the miraculous visions of a poor French girl at Lourdes.

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The Song of Bernadette is considered one of the twentieth century's greatest novels of triumphant religious faith. How the book came to be written is itself an inspirational and even miraculous story. In 1940, famed Austrian author Franz Werfel and his wife were on a desperate flight from the Nazi invaders, whom Franz had publicly denounced. Repeatedly thwarted in their attempts to cross the French border, they found temporary refuge in Lourdes, home of the famous shrine where Bernadette received visions of the Virgin Mary and where millions come in faith to seek a miracle. Werfel became fascinated with Bernadette's story and began to visit the sacred grotto every day, swearing that, should he and his wife be granted escape from the Nazis, he would write the story of Bernadette for all the world. Franz's prayers were answered, and in America he wrote his masterpiece, The Song of Bernadette, a beautiful fusion of faith and craft.… (more)

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