Thérèse Desqueyroux Background

Thérèse Desqueyroux Background

Thérèse Desqueyroux is a novel written by the famous French author François Mauriac. The book was first published in 1927, and later became included in the Grand Prix of the best novels of the half-century in 1950. Mauriac died at the age of 84 in 1970, and was a novelist, playwright, critic, journalist and poet.

The story centers around a wife named Thérèse, as she is tried for poisoning her husband. He testifies in her defense, and she is let free. However, he decides to keep her as his own prisoner in an isolated house in a pine forest, where she constantly is monitored by her husband. It is a highly psychological book, where the characters present long monologues with their reflections and thoughts.

The book has been adapted into four different cinematographic films, the most recent one in 2017. In 1962, Georges Franju made the first adaption of the book into a movie, copying the title of the book. In 2012, Claude Miller also made a movie adaptation with the same name. Later in 2014, Jules Émile adapted the book into a movie called Thérèse Desqueyroux the poisoner. The last adaptation was directed y Lucas Belvaux and is a little different, as it is a continuation of Therese’s life, and it is called The End of the Night.

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