Ramus, termed the Thomas Mann of Switzerland, was introduced to an American public with The End of All Men, published also...

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WHEN THE MOUNTAIN FELL

Ramus, termed the Thomas Mann of Switzerland, was introduced to an American public with The End of All Men, published also by Pantheon back in 1944. Now, with this new volume, again an excellent translation, and its selection as a dual choice by the of the Month for October, Ramus is certain to widen his fame in the English speaking world, though his symbolism, his primitive simplicity makes his art a very spea This peasant primitiveness conceals often a cosmic concept, reminiscent of . In this novel (as in the other) the fable has a symbolic significance. He of the village of Derberence when its mountain falls. Among the men, absent at the time of the landslide, are Seraphin and Anteine, the latter recently married to T. Two months later, having survived on air and water and cheese, Ant makes his way back, many think him ghost or devil, and when he returns to the mountains to search -- for Seraphin, it is Therese, with her love and faith, who brings him back, destroying superstitution with her faith... An allegory, with the ""insistent, ingenuous art"" of Ramus' work, this is keyed, we feel, for a limited, but discriminating market.

Pub Date: Oct. 9, 1947

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Pantheon

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1947