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French philosopher and literary theorist Roland Barthes was one of the leading influences on the post-structuralist movement in twentieth-century literary thought, and some of his best-known works, like "S/Z", speak directly to the essential and individual relationship between a reader and a literary text. Here, in "Incidents", readers have the privilege of going inside the life and thought of Barthes, through a work that is a testament to Barthes' belief that a literary work should invite the full, active participation of the reader. The essays collected in "Incidents", originally published in French shortly after Barthes' death, provide unique insight into the author's life, his personal struggles, and his delights. Though Barthes questioned the act of keeping a journal with the aim of having it published, he decided to undertake a diary-like experiment in four parts. The first, which gives the collection its title, is a revealing personal account of his time living in Morocco. The second, "The Light of the Southwest", is an ode to Barthes' favorite region in France, while in "At Le Palace Tonight", Barthes describes a vibrant Paris entertainment spot.
Finally, the journal entries of "Evenings in Paris" reveal Barthes as an older gay man, struggling with his desire for young lovers. Rendered here in a fresh and lyrical translation, "Incidents" will delight fans of Barthes' other works, as well as anyone curious for a look inside the mind of one of the twentieth century's foremost intellectuals.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 159 x 193 x 16mm | 360g
  • Greenford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Translation
  • w. photographs by Bishan Samaddar.
  • 1906497591
  • 9781906497590
  • 705,466

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"For Barthes, as for Nietzsche, the point is to make us bold, agile, subtle, intelligent, detached. And to give pleasure." - Susan Sontag"
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About Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes (1915-80) was a professor at the College de France until his death. His books include Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography; Image, Music, Text; and A Lover's Discourse: Fragments. Teresa Lavender Fagan is a freelance translator living in Chicago. She has published over twenty translations, including J. M. G. Le Clezio's The Mexican Dream.
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