The Desert of Love (Le désert de l'amour)
Beautifully written novella about a doctor and his son in a French town who are both obsessed by the same mysterious woman, who's known as the "loose" sort among the townsfolk. The Catholic Mauriac was himself rather obsessed with doomed, stifled, decaying lives, and his books don't make for light reading, but at his best he has a remarkable ability to illuminate the inner depths of those lives. This is the best of Mauriac's novels that I've read; it has a dark and haunting power that sticks with you.
/K. Kincaid, Thailand
The Knot of Vipers (Le næud de vipères)
It's true, blunt, and totally travels through the ages. Mauriac is not talking only about his present but of ours too. The corruption of the human relationships still stays the same. It's an astonishing book!
/Maria Kouimtsoglou, Greece
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