Meredith Wise: What made you want to translate La Femme Pauvre? You mentioned that Bloy had some connection with Jacques and Raissa Maritain, who inspired your novel In the Wine Press (parts of which have been published, of course, in Dappled Things).
Joshua Hren: I first came across La Femme Pauvre—the name of the novel, not an actual copy of it—ten years ago, in 2002. I had just started seeing an incredibly wise, authentically mystical woman, founder of the Theresian Institute, a Catholic psychological practice in Milwaukee. [Read more...]