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Publisher — Farrar Straus & Giroux
Date Published — March 13, 2012
ISBN — 9780374533113

Mourning Diary

Roland Barthes

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Publisher — Farrar Straus & Giroux
Date Published — March 13, 2012
ISBN — 9780374533113

"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 diary

The 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 byThe New York Times and one of the Best Books of 2010 bySlate andThe 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.