Mourning Diary by Roland Barthes

By Roland Barthes

“In the sentence ‘She’s now not suffering,’ to what, to whom does ‘she’ refer? What does that current annoying mean?” —Roland Barthes, from his diary

The day after his mother’s demise in October 1977, Roland Barthes begun a diary of mourning. for almost years, the mythical French theorist wrote a couple of solitude new to him; in regards to the ebb and movement of disappointment; in regards to the gradual speed of mourning, and lifestyles reclaimed via writing. Named a best 10 ebook of 2010 via The long island Times and the most effective Books of 2010 via Slate and The instances Literary Supplement, Mourning Diary is a tremendous discovery in Roland Barthes’s paintings: a skeleton key to the subjects he tackled all through his existence, in addition to a distinct examine of grief—intimate, deeply relocating, and universal.

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I asked. ‘Yes. We like it here. ’ ‘Kufr Cana, the village where Christ changed the water to wine. We get many tourists visiting the church. ’ ‘No, never. And it’s my first time here on this mountain. It is so beautiful. ’ ‘It’s a good view of the Horns of Hittin. ’ I mused. ’ ‘They left. They took the boats and left. ’ ‘But they could not have had time to leave. ’ The other man, who had been silently expressing approval of his friend’s assertions, indicated that the Muslims had been kind to Christians.

This is my country, not his. I teach this to my three-year-old son. We Palestinians who live here know that the presence of Israel is not going to be for long. They will end up leaving, just like the Crusaders. ’ Not too far away an Israeli teacher in Orthodox clothing was instructing a group of young schoolchildren in a booming voice about the religious significance of this place: the partisans of the Maccabees had hidden in caves just below where we stood. They had sought refuge here and were slaughtered in 161 BCE by the Syrian general Baccides.

It distressed me to hear this young man distorting history. The more we spoke the more I realised how deeply antagonistic he was to the Christian Palestinians. ’ I asked him. ‘No. ’ ‘The editor of Al Karmil and one of the first to write about Zionism. He was a Christian. ’ I felt their discomfort when I confirmed that I was Christian and I found myself feeling annoyed at having to be defensive about the religion into which I was born. I was thinking in particular of Najib. Not that the Israeli leadership did not try to win the Christians to their side, as they had succeeded in doing with the Druze, who practise a religion that is an offshoot of Islam with its own unique features.

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