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Mourning Diary by Roland Barthes
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Jul 14, 11

bookshelves: grief, non-fiction, memoir
Read in July, 2011

Barthes, a French philosopher, writes some raw and compelling lines about the death of his mother. These were not meant for publication (much like Hammarskjold's Markings), but his aphorisms are still eloquent and ring true. Having said that, Barthes' writing isn't exactly approachable, example "Indeterminacy of the senses" - What? Also, Barthes' has no faith to comfort him. The writing is pretty desolate.

Here are my golden lines:

*I know now that my mourning will be chaotic.
*What I find utterly terrifying is mourning's discontinuous character.
*To whom could I put this question (with any hope of an answer)? Does being able to live without someone you loved mean you loved her less than you thought...?
*In the darkest part of this silent Sunday morning. Now gradually rises within me the grim (desperate) theme: from now on, what meaning can my life have?
*Each of us has his own rhythm of suffering.
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