Mourning Diary

Mourning Diary : October 26, 1977 - September 15, 1979

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"In the sentence 'She's no longer suffering, ' to what, to whom does 'she' refer? What does that present tense mean?" --Roland Barthes, from his diaryThe day after his mother's death in October 1977, Roland Barthes began a diary of mourning. For nearly two years, the legendary French theorist wrote about a solitude new to him; about the ebb and flow of sadness; about the slow pace of mourning, and life reclaimed through writing. Named a Top 10 Book of 2010 by "The New York Times" and one of the Best Books of 2010 by "Slate" and "The Times Literary Supplement," "Mourning Diary" is a major discovery in Roland Barthes's work: a skeleton key to the themes he tackled throughout his life, as well as a unique study of grief--intimate, deeply moving, and universal.

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  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • Hill & Wang
  • United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Translation, Annotated
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0374533113
  • 9780374533113
  • 99,969

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"A belated and unexpected gift." --"The London Review of Books ""A writer whose books of criticism and personal musings must be admired as serious and beautiful works of the imagination." --EDMUND WHITE "Though Barthes left behind disciples, there can be no replacing him; his brilliance has a wavelength all its own." --JOHN UPDIKE "This is pure Barthes: to write the very words that show how and why words have failed him." --Thomas Larson, "Contrary Magazine"

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About Professor Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes was born in 1915. A French literary theorist, philosopher, and critic, he influenced the development of various schools of theory, including structuralism, semiotics, existentialism, social theory, Marxism, and post-structuralism. He died in 1980.

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