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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,602 ratings  ·  234 reviews
Това е дневник (330 датирани фиша), който Ролан Барт води в продължение на две години (от есента на 1977 г., в месеците след смъртта на майка му – човека, когото той е обичал повече от всичко на света, до септември 1979 г.). Тази болезнена загуба (израз на която Барт дава в Camera lucida. Записка за фотографията) преобразува изцяло визията на Барт за света, за възможното в ...more
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Published July 2010 by АГАТА-А (first published 2009)
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Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brian by: Proustitute
2013 is the ten year anniversary of my mother’s death.

Pre-dawn, Las Vegas, August 17. “I’m sorry to wake you,” my sister’s voice through the receiver, “but Mom died last night.”

C.S. Lewis: No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.

Barthes conjures words wrenched from suffering. A day’s events are distilled and filtered through the lens of loss. Every ache, an intensity that wounds anew. Barthes: At each “moment” of suffering, I believe it to be the very one in which for the first time I r
Ahmad Sharabiani
Journal de deuil: 26 October 1977 - 15 September 1979 = Mourning Diary, Roland Barthes
Journal de deuil (2009)

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 wor
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Diane by: Rowena
Shelves: memoirs, grief
This is a book that was very meaningful to me, but it is not something I would widely recommend. It was such a personal read that I even had trouble discussing it with friends.

When Roland Barthes' mother died on October 25, 1977, he started writing notes about his grief. This mourning diary covers nearly two years, and some passages were so moving and powerful that they felt poetic. This book was published after Barthes' death (tragically, he died just a few years after his mother, due to compli
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
“That’s how I grasp my mourning. Not directly in solitude, empirically, etc.; I seem to have a kind of ease, of control that makes people think I’m suffering less than they would have imagined. But it comes over me when our love for each other is torn apart once again. The most painful point at the most abstract moment…”- Roland Barthes, Mourning Diary

I doubt I’d have picked this book up had it not been for my uncle’s recent death. Grief isn't the sort of thing I exactly want to think about but
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-biography
Barthes' mother died on October 25, 1977. Her son, Roland, being an invalid-type had been nursed and coddled by her most of his life, but in their years of his mother's illness adopted the role of nurse himself. Barthes' relationship with his mother was one of extreme intimacy: he lived with her his whole life, and when she passed the world as he knew it changed irremediably. TO chronicle this change he kept a "mourning diary" in which he scrawled away, inconsistently over the proceeding two yea ...more
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For writers grief is either a blessing or a curse because they are able to articulate with exacting detail, the nature of their sorrow. This is a lovely book.
Michael Palkowski
The existence of this book is interesting ethically at least because it is invasive reproduction of a writer's own private scribblings on index cards sutured together for the sake of commercial ends. Ethics aside, the content is really staggeringly aphoristic, infinitely quotable and full of concise instantiated grievance. The observations however require a specific frame of mind to read and the fragmentary nature of the notes does mean that a linear reading is almost fruitless, except if readin ...more
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barthes recorded his experience of mourning on little slips of paper over the two years following his mother's death. He expressed so many things exactly as I've thought them -- the existential shock of her sudden nonexistence, the confusion over the present tense, the fear of the catastophe that has already happened and CANNOT happen again, the confusion of finality in the midst of your own numbing, ongoing-ness, the agony and guilt of symbolic rebirth, the sudden marking of before and after, a ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
A quick read of the notes Barthes made to himself the two years after his mother died. He died not long after in an unfortunate accident, and I wish he had a chance to compile his thoughts. They are scattered, they are long-lasting, a very good capture of what mourning is really like.
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This wasn’t what I was expecting or hoping for. It’s not really a diary of mourning, but a fragmented chronological collection of notes and jottings, related to Barthes’ mother, her death and his grief, many of them obscure and impenetrable for me. Some entries are tainted with an underlying chauvinism that’s difficult to forgive even in context of time and place. It held me at a distance (lost in translation?) that I am disappointed by, and reinforces for me what a solitary experience grief is.
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked it up because I found Simone de Beauvoir's A Very Easy Death one of the most beautiful books I've read and assumed (rightly) that Barthes, also being French and thereby living in a dying Nation likely also would be able to write beautifully about sadness of loss and suffering of mourning and that was the case. Some of the notes are really beautifully captured mourning and sadness although I wouldn't recommend picking it up because it made me really sad and think about the future ie what w ...more
John Jr.
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: journals-diaries
One is told by the publisher's description that this book illuminates themes that Roland Barthes tackled in his other work. I can't judge the extent to which that's true; I've read very few of his other books. But it also reveals him to have been a man much like other men (rather, as American propriety suggests we should say, a person much like other persons) in his susceptibility to suffering over the loss of one he loved: his mother. No knowledge of Barthes's work is called for; no interest in ...more
Sad and beautiful. I wonder if we all feel this way when we lose person meaningful to us. If so, I'm already saddened and afraid.

There is something terribly genuine about this book; maybe the fact that it wasn't supposed to be published, that was written on slips of paper throughout the period of almost two years and that this period of grief was very unhealthy for Barthes and thwarted him from leading any normal social or academic life he was leading prior to this event.
What is even sadder, p
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the first time since beginning 10-10-12, the book I chose for my “short” category was actually… short. Roland Barthes’ diary of his mourning of his mother spanned 250 pages, but each page includes only one or two sentences, reflecting on his grief and sense of loss.

I found the diary self-indulgent, which shouldn’t be surprising given that it’s a diary a genre necessarily preoccupied with the self, but somehow the book read as grotesquely self-indulgent. It sets up as its premise the affectiv
Since this is a diary, that by the way was not meant to be published, I knew going in that it would be a slightly different read than usual, but let me just say that it was a bit strange. Roland Barthes, a literary theorist, philosopher, and linguist, wrote this immediately after the trauma of his mother’s death. There were some wonderful quotes, which I’m listing below, but other than that, this was quite boring. I may have appreciated it somewhat if I was familiar with Barthes’s work.

Some quo
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-i-ve-read
To write suffering is not easy, so reading this is such a relief.
Meric Aksu
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
October 29 : "The measurement of mourning(Dictionary Memorandum) eighteen months for mourning a father, a mother." Then Barthes starts telling what he felt during these eighteen months. Not hours, not weeks; one and a half year, including days and nights. He didn't have a chance. He couldn't run, he couldn't escape. From that moment there would be nothing between him and the grave. He was very close now to death when he became parentless on earth. Barthes's diary tells us all his loneliness with ...more
Jeremy Allan
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I began reading this journal on the eve of a difficult break-up and was amazed at how appropriate Barthes' expressions and ruminations on grief were to me at the time. Finishing the collection months later, it is hard not to see the writings as slightly histrionic and over-wrought. To read this when happy is almost to find it unrelatable; to read it while in grief, well that is to find many degrees of resonance.

I think this journal is of value, though, even for the reader who is happily exempt
2 stars, only because it's Barthes, I think, since otherwise it might be 1, if anything at all.

What drivel.

Sensationalizing the sensation-less: how we continue to make "stars" -- or heroes? -- out of people who have nothing left to say. The only reason this piece of drivel was ever printed, is because it's Roland Barthes -- as if Barthes never had stupid moments in his life, like the rest of us. (Witness that even I am falling for it, since I otherwise would have given this book 1 star. Shame
Marck Rimorin
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Published posthumously: the little slips of paper where Roland meditates, reflects, analyzes, and lives through the death of his mother.

Barthes takes the subject of mourning and elevates it; at the same time, deprecates it. In a way, "Mourning Diary" is where Barthes is at his most vulnerable, unfiltered, a yanking of the curtains that cover the inner workings of an intellectual giant and a foremost cultural critic. The phrases are at times profound, sometimes prone to the scholarly wor
Krista Stevens
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
Joseph Schreiber
Following his beloved mother's death, Barthes captured his unadorned, raw emotions and observations in notes and fragments that were collected into one volume after his death. The striking things to me is the way the emptiness, the sadness lingers and even becomes an essential element of his being long after the compulsive need to write fades.

I purchased this handsome Notting Hill edition a few days after my father's death this summer. Having lost both of my parents in two intersecting, unrelat
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a short form diary taken in the form of short notes to himself, Barthes goes from intensely affecting to banal and back to illuminating from one entry to another. This should be expected--it was unintended for publication and completely unedited by the author. He recognizes and allows the banality and the egoism in suffering, which is where both the most affecting and boring parts of the diary stem from. There is much to be learned from such unfiltered grief.

* "in taking these notes, I'm trus
Isla McKetta
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The day by day snippets of mourning in this book are a wonderful complement to Didion's Year of Magical Thinking. Written in the moment by a thoughtful man, the book reveals the rawness and unpredictability of the mourning process in ways that we edit out through revision. Each note is presented on its own page in a way that invites response and reflection. Still, I at times craved the wrap-up and the edit, the summarization and bringing together, perhaps in the vain hopes that death can be expl ...more
Masanaka Takashima
I read this in Japanese translation. I felt through pages various pains of loss coming to my heart one after another. They were acute, numb, residual, surficial, deep, abstract and tangible... The author crystallised the time of mourning for his mother with his pure and polished words. You can't turn its pages without felling a pang if you have ever lost someone precious before.
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is rather like Mallarme's "For Anatole's Tomb." The short fragments are emotionally anguished, poetically repetitive. Barthes describes mourning as "a painful availability." The basic irreconcilability of death turns at the core of this journal, but Barthes' intelligence, honesty, lucidity make its bleakness somehow consoling.
Hadeel Alshamari
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roland Barthes sad love letter to his deceased mother (it really is a diary of thoughts consumed by grief), I was touched by his deep love and appreciation for his mother. I hope my child loves me and thinks of me in the same way! For me, this piece of work touches on the emotional and unique bond of parent and child--the most powerful human relationship there is. A quick but recommended read.
His meditations on loss, mortality, grief, and love are necessary, emotional, pure, outside of any pretentiousness. Easy - possible - to read in the sense of the mourning being so open you're able to look it in the eyes, so no paralysing fear of not knowing.
John Madera
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mourning Diary is an incredibly moving text full of raw, aching, elegant, lyrical reflections. I'm very grateful to Barthes for providing me with the perfect term for the manicured personae many people create for so-called social media: "deliberate image."
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
Mourning Diary captures the complexities of grief through diary entries. While it could be said it's fragmented and repetitive at times I doubt Barthes was contemplating publishing this. It is a private reflection on the death of his mother and the aftermath.
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