Mourning Diary by Roland Barthes
A day after his mother's death in October of 1977, Roland Barthes began a diary of mourning. The man Susan Sontag considered "the most consistently intelligent, important, and useful critic... to have emerged anywhere" confronted a new solitude. For nearly two years, taking notes on index cards as was his habit, he reflected on the ebb and flow of sadness; on the discourse of loss and recovery; on the slow pace of mourning, and the modern society's quick dismissal of it. The contents of these 330 cards are published here for the first time. They mark a major discovery in Barthes's work: a skeleton key to the themes he tackled throughout his life. They are also a unique study of grief - intimate, deeply moving, and universal.