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    Mourning Diary: October 26, 1977-September 15, 1979 (Hardback)(English / French) By (author) Professor Roland Barthes, Text by Nathalie Leger, Translated by Richard Howard

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    DescriptionA major discovery: The lost diary of a great mind and an intimate, deeply moving study of grief The day after his mother's death in October 1977, the influential philosopher Roland Barthes began a diary of mourning. Taking notes on index cards as was his habit, he reflected on a new solitude, on the ebb and flow of sadness, and on modern society's dismissal of grief. These 330 cards, published here for the first time, prove a skeleton key to the themes he tackled throughout his work. Behind the unflagging mind, "the most consistently intelligent, important, and useful literary critic to have emerged anywhere" (Susan Sontag), lay a deeply sensitive man who cherished his mother with a devotion unknown even to his closest friends.

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    Mourning Diary
    October 26, 1977-September 15, 1979
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Professor Roland Barthes, Text by Nathalie Leger, Translated by Richard Howard
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 261
    Width: 133 mm
    Height: 199 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    ISBN 13: 9780809062331
    ISBN 10: 080906233X

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    LC classification: P85.B33 A3 2010
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    Edition statement
    annotated edition
    Illustrations note
    Hill & Wang
    Imprint name
    Hill & Wang
    Publication date
    12 October 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    ROLAND BARTHES was born in 1915. A French literary theorist, philosopher, and critic, he influenced the development of schools of theory, including structuralism, semiotics, existentialism, social theory, Marxism, and post-structuralism. He died in 1980.
    Review quote
    "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"