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

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

Hardback Language: English / French

By (author) Professor Roland Barthes, Text by Nathalie Leger, Translated by Richard Howard

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  • Publisher: Hill & Wang
  • Format: Hardback | 261 pages
  • Language: English / French
  • Dimensions: 133mm x 199mm x 25mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 12 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 080906233X
  • ISBN 13: 9780809062331
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Edition statement: annotated edition
  • Illustrations note: illustrations
  • Sales rank: 152,446

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A 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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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.

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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"