Despite its title, Jean Raspail’s The Camp of the Saints (1973) is a secular novel (and a French one).
In it, masses of people from India are sailing to France to live and to take advantage of the country’s prosperity. Indeed, Third Worlders everywhere are migrating to Western nations, but with no interest in assimilating. Secular and religious humanitarian-idealists make up the entity Raspail calls “the beast”, determined to welcome the immigrants into “a framework of international cooperation, socialistically structured.” Obviously it is an entity of the Left and it sounds the death knell for France.
Worth noting is that one thing the immigrants clamor for is “one religion,” globally, and it isn’t Christianity. A multiracial France is a multicultural France, and I am reminded of something I’ve read: “while multiculturalism is not necessarily antagonistic to religion per se, it is united with Marxism in a hatred of Christianity specifically” (Nat. Review, March 25, 2013). This is nascent in the new West of Raspail’s novel.
I read The Camp of the Saints very slowly because, being as wordy and detailed as it is, it’s a difficult book. But it’s also intelligent and fascinating as well as highly relevant to America’s situation today. After all, in January of 2020, roughly 40,000 illegal immigrants showed up at the U.S. border. This time, in January of 2021, roughly 80,000 showed up—something “the beast” would smile about?