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Bloy, Léon
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Bloy, Léon

(July 11, 1846, Périgueux – November 3, 1917, Bourg-la-Reine near Paris), French writer. When the war broke out, Bloy was already nearing the end of his life. A passionate longing for the Absolute led the novelist to convert to Catholicism, and in his books and diaries (1892–1917) he battled against the “mediocre souls” who had betrayed Christ, the Virgin Mary, and humanity as a whole. For him, the war was a new source of inspiration. Indeed, with his apocalyptic mindset, Bloy was one o…

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Becker, Annette, “Bloy, Léon”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2015

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