The Song of Bernadetteby Franz Werfel, Ludwig Lewisohn (Translator)
This is the classic work that tells the true story surrounding the miraculous visions of St. Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes, France in 1858. Werfel, a highly respected anti-Nazi writer from Vienna, became a Jewish refugee who barely escaped death in 1940, and wrote this moving story to fulfill a promise he made to God. While hiding in the little village of Lourdes, Werfel felt the Nazi noose tightening, and realizing that he and his wife might well be caught and executed, he made a promise to God to write about the song of Bernadette that he had been inspired by during his clandestine stay in Lourdes. Though Werfel was Jewish, he was so deeply impressed by both Bernadette and the happenings at Lourdes, that his writing has a profound sense of Catholic understanding.
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Franz Werfel did the research for this book while hiding from the Nazis in a little town known as Lourdes, in the Pyranees foothills on the French side of the border with Spain. Supporting evidence that this book is historically correct can be found in the Lourdes, and various French newspaper archives, in the year of 1858. I wouldn't dream of spoiling this account for anyone. The movie came out just shortly after the book was first published in the USA. The movie is accurate to the book, and shuns any historical rewriting or bias. This true story has no need of exaggeration or embellishment.
It doesn't get much better than this book. It is truly a classic. The movie is great but the book is even better!