Conversations, Fiction

Georges Bernanos – Diary of a Country Priest [Conversation]

Today (5 July 2023) marks the 75th anniversary of the death of French Catholic novelist Georges Bernanos.

On this day, we remember Georges Bernanos by sharing this conversation between ERB editor C. Christopher Smith and Jessica Hooten Wilson, (author, most recently, of Reading for the Love of God) about his best-known novel:

Georges BernanosDiary of a Country Priest:
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Georges Bernanos

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Follow a young Catholic cleric as his faith is laid bare through his reflections on his parishioners in the “Best Spiritual Book of the 20th Century” (USA Today).

In this classic Catholic novel, Georges Bernanos movingly recounts the life of a young French country priest who grows to understand his provincial parish while learning spiritual humility himself. Awarded the Grand Prix for Literature by the Academie Francaise, The Diary of a Country Priest was adapted into an acclaimed film by Robert Bresson. “A book of the utmost sensitiveness and compassion…it is a work of deep, subtle and singularly encompassing art.” — New York Times Book Review

This conversation was recorded in early 2022, as part of a series of conversations on classic books that Jessica Hooten Wilson hosted, in conjunction with the release of her book, The Scandal of Holiness: Renewing Your Imagination in the Company of Literary Saints.

Listen to this conversation:

Read Joe Krall’s Reflection on this novel




C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at:

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