The Other side of the Mountain – International editions

“This mythical novel by Michel Bernanos is a staggering synthesis of several literary genres that it transcends. It begins with a novel of the sea, a story of pirates with a ship stuck in the middle of the sea and the crew embarked in a nightmare when the crew ravaged by hunger and bad alcohol eat each other. We continue with a formidable storm, a frightening cyclone that engulfs the last survivors as if the underworld were welcoming them. Two castaways will emerge from the infernal gorge, the sailor, who tells us about his adventure, and an old hand who protected him. They are soon stranded on an unparalleled shore, populated by men standing at the foot of a crushing mountain. Carried by a single and meager hope, they undertake to climb this rocky mass which seems to be animated by a life of its own. This ascent will constitute the climax of this book which leaves the real to project us in another world.”

Michel wrote The Other side of the Mountain in only 19 days. In the light of his life path, a connection with his involvement in the Free French Naval Forces and the post-war wounds of the soul is undeniable.

LE BON ACCUEIL – REVERB : The Whisper of gods (Els. VIAENE et Julien GROSSMANN)

Open from February 18 to March 12, 2022 at BON ACCUEIL in RENNES (35)

An exhibition that borrows its title from the Murmur of the Gods, by which Mr. Damien SIMON, artistic director of the BON ACCUEIL, offers us to travel a part of the path crossed by the two main characters in the heart of the Amazonian forest.

To do this, the works of artists Els VIAENE and Julien GROSSMANN accompany the visitor to allow him to plunge fully into the heart of one of the most beautiful forests in the world under its most magical aspects, as the most tragic.

Just like Michel, Els VIAENE and Julien GROSSMANN denounce the ravages caused by colonialism on the Indian civilizations but also the destruction of the Amazonian forest permanent and growing.

« Big Book of Ghost Stories and The Weird », The Washington Post, 24.10.2012

In their introduction, the editors also boldly suggest that « the finest weird tale of the 1960 was a short novel by Michel Bernanos called « the other side of the Mountain » which they include in its entirety, newly translated by Gio Clairval.

« Big book of Ghost Stories and The Weird », Michael Dirda, The Washington Post, 24/10/2012

« The Other Side of the Mountain : An Appreciation »,, 21.11.2011

When I was thirteen I was handed a book by a friend. The cover art was off-putting” – a red ocean, a mountain in the background with a human heart at its center, the head of a statue in the foreground. I hesitated to accept it, but this friend, who wasn’t much of a reader, stared at me for a moment and said, « You’ve got to ». Now, thirty years later, I remember that book more vividly than anything else I have ever read.

« The other side of the Mountain : An Appreciation », Cruelty, horror, and Underlying Beauty, Jeffrey Ford, 21/11/2011