Saturday, 9 April 2011

What is happening in Lampedusa now was eerily anticipated in the 1970s by the French novelist Jean Raspail in his novel Le Camp des Saints (The Camp of the Saints).

The title comes from a passage in the Book of Revelations:
And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison, and will go forth and deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, and will gather them together for the battle; the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up over the breadth of the earth and encompassed the camp of the saints, and the beloved city.

Raspail quotes this passage at the start of the book. What follows it in the Bible is not quoted, but at least offers us some hope of redemption:
But fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Then I saw a great white throne and him who sat upon it; from his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.

The people of Europe eagerly await the cleansing fire from heaven.

Raspail was, of course, accused of racism when he published his book in 1973. He replied that "this is no wild-eyed dream" and "we are inevitably headed for something of the sort".

The book was republished in France in February of this year. Sales have been rocketing. It is currently 46th in the Top 100 best-selling books on Amazon France.

An English translation of the book is available online here for free download.

Here is an extract from the book:

The world is controlled, so it seems, not by a single specific conductor, but by a new apocalyptic beast, a kind of anonymous, omnipresent monster, and one that, in some primordial time, must have vowed to destroy the Western World. The beast has no set plan. It seizes whatever occasions arise. The crowd massed along the Ganges was merely the latest, and doubtless the one with the richest potential. Divine in origin, this beast? Or infernal, more likely? Be that as it may, the phenomenon, hard to believe, is a good two centuries old. Dostoevski analyzed it once upon a time. And Péguy too, though in different form, when he railed against the “intellectual clique.” And even one of our former popes, Paul VI, toward the end of his reign, as he opened his eyes and discerned, at long last, the work of the Devil … Nothing can stop the beast. That much we all know. Which is probably why the chosen few have such faith that their ideas will triumph, and why the ones who persist in the struggle know only too well how futile it is …”.


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