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Description - A Lover's Discourse by Roland Barthes

'A kind of mercurial elegy. . . Some extraordinary passion leaks through Barthes' lucid prose' Peter Ackroyd, Spectator

'May be the most detailed, painstaking anatomy of desire that we are ever likely to see or need again... An ecstatic celebration of love and language' Washington Post

The language we use when we are in love is not a language we speak. It is a language addressed to ourselves and to our imaginary beloved. It is a language of solitude, of mythology, of what Barthes calls an 'image repertoire'.

Reviving the notion of the amorous subject beyond psychological or clinical enterprises, Barthes' A Lover's Discourse is a book for everyone who has ever been in love, or indeed, thought themselves to be immune to its power.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099437420
ISBN-10: 0099437422
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 16mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Vintage Classics
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 4-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes was born in 1915 and studied French literature and classics at the University of Paris. After teaching French at universities in Rumania and Egypt, he joined the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, where he devoted himself to research in sociology and lexicology. He was a professor at the College de France until his death in 1980.

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