The Palimpsest of Suffering: Léon Bloy’s Le Désespéré

@article{Ziegler2013ThePO,
  title={The Palimpsest of Suffering: L{\'e}on Bloy’s Le D{\'e}sesp{\'e}r{\'e}},
  author={R. Ziegler},
  journal={Neophilologus},
  year={2013},
  volume={97},
  pages={653-662}
}
Foremost among the reactionary Catholics writing in France in the fin de siècle, Léon Bloy regarded literature as an instrument of the Apocalypse. Inspired by the 1846 apparition of the Virgin Mary at La Salette, Bloy had been convinced by the Virgin’s message that, unless the wicked reformed and the people observed the Sabbath, the end time would come and engulf Christendom in fire. Along with J.-K. Huysmans, Bloy subscribed to a belief in Dolorism, a doctrine affirming the sanctity of… Expand
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