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The Song of Bernadette

(1941)
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This is the famous and highly acclaimed classic work that tells the true story surrounding the miraculous visions of St. Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes, France in 1858. Werfel, a highly respected literary writer who was an outspoken anti-Nazi from Vienna, became a Jewish refugee who barely escaped death from the Nazis in 1940, and wrote this moving story to fulfill a promise he made to God. Thus the story of how this book about a miracle came to be written is in itself something of a miracle.


As he and his wife were hiding out in the little village of Loudres while trying to escape to freedom in the USA during WWII, Werfel felt the Nazi noose tightening around them and realizing that they might well be caught and executed, he made a promise to God to write about the "song of Bernadette" that he had been deeply inspired by during their clandestine stay in Lourdes.


An amazing aspect of this powerful portrayal of a Catholic saint and an essentially Catholic story is that Werfel was a rather secular Jew, and yet he was so deeply impressed by both Bernadette and the happenings at Lourdes, that his writing has a profound sense of Catholicism's sacramental imagination about the world.

Genre: Inspirational    

Used availability for Franz Werfel's The Song of Bernadette

Hardback Editions

June 1940 : USA Hardback
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Title: Song of Bernadette
Author(s): Franz Werfel
ISBN: 0-88411-720-0 / 978-0-88411-720-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Aeonian Pr
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Paperback Editions

October 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Song of Bernadette
Author(s): Franz Werfel
ISBN: 1-58617-171-2 / 978-1-58617-171-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ignatius Press
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August 1989 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Song of Bernadette (Religious Miracle Fiction Series)
Author(s): Franz Werfel
ISBN: 0-312-03429-6 / 978-0-312-03429-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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June 1988 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Song of Bernadette
Author(s): Franz Werfel, Ludwig Lewisohn
ISBN: 0-8027-2625-9 / 978-0-8027-2625-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Christian Large Print
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Audio Editions

January 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Song of Bernadette
Author(s): Franz Werfel
ISBN: 1-4708-4679-9 / 978-1-4708-4679-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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January 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Song of Bernadette (Library Edition)
Author(s): Franz Werfel
ISBN: 1-4708-4678-0 / 978-1-4708-4678-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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January 2013 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Song of Bernadette
Author(s): Franz Werfel
ISBN: 1-4708-4681-0 / 978-1-4708-4681-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK