Other Literary Forms
Although Jean-Jacques Bernard’s reputation rests largely on his drama, he wrote several significant prose works. Primary among these is Le Camp de la mort lente (1944; The Camp of Slow Death, 1945), a powerful memoir of his imprisonment by the Nazis in 1941-1942 and his subsequent conversion to Catholicism. He published Le Pain rouge, a collection of stories focusing on the occupation of France, in 1947 and a novel, Marie et le Vagabond, in 1949. His memoir of his years in theater, Mon ami le théâtre (1958), remained popular and in print into the twenty-first century.