Mourning Diary (Hardcover)

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By Roland Barthes, Richard Howard (Translated by), Richard Howard (Afterword by)
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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.

About the Author


Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was a French cultural and literary critic, whose clever and lyrical writings on semiotics made structuralism one of the leading movements of the twentieth century. Barthes had a cult following and published seventeen books, including Camera Lucida, Mythologies, and A Lover's Discourse.

Richard Howard is a poet, scholar, teacher, critic, and translator. Paper Trail is published simultaneously by FSG with Howard's Inner Voices: Selected Poems, 1963-2003. He teaches at Columbia University and is poetry editor of The Paris Review.

Richard Howard is a poet, scholar, teacher, critic, and translator. Paper Trail is published simultaneously by FSG with Howard's Inner Voices: Selected Poems, 1963-2003. He teaches at Columbia University and is poetry editor of The Paris Review.

Praise For…


“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



Product Details
ISBN: 9780809062331
ISBN-10: 080906233X
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Publication Date: October 12th, 2010
Pages: 272
Language: English

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