A Lover's Discourse (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 4 Jul 2002
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"Love, here, is a state of the imagination, with the lover desperate to interpret the dire ambiguities inseparable from his role. This is a speculative book, and a melancholy one, an exploration of the idiom of anxiety. Barthes's love is a passion in the old, suffering sense of the word" (Observer)
"May be the most detailed, painstaking anatomy of desire that we are ever likely to see or need again... All readers will find something they recognize in Barthes' recreation of the lover's fevered consciousness: The book is an ecstatic celebration of love and language and...readers interested in either or both...will enjoy savouring its rich and dark delights" (Washington Post Book World)
'A kind of mercurial elegy... Some extraordinary passion leaks through Barthes' lucid prose' Peter Ackroyd, SpectatorSee all Product Description
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If you have loved and lost, or are falling in love, it is bittersweet and heartrending, and at once soothes your pain and inflames it with fresh, emergent reminders of the incoherence of emotion.
It is a very self-indulgent read - and not in a bad way. Something to read on your own, in private, and to take meaningful pauses at every other sentence or so to wonder about your own life and memories...
In A Lover's Discourse, Roland Barthes dissects and studies love in many various fragments. it is mostly the pains of love, the infatuation, the jealousy, the martyrdom, the suffering, the obsession and the elevation of the beloved that he takes up with an almost scientific detachment.
The reader will recognize very well love's different aspects and mechanisms.
Joyce Akesson, author of Majnun Leyla: Poems about Passion, The Invitation and Love's Thrilling Dimensions.
Despite the mischievous postmoderness, this is also very good on the cruel deceptions of our self-told love stories and is perhaps Barthes at his most human and accessible.
Among the books written by him, such as Mythology, A Lover's Discourse, Semiotics, Critics and Truth and so on, this one is quite unique in representing his theoretical ideas on Cultural study and Linguistics.
Apart from the insightful feeling and analysis he makes, one could know more as involved in love.
Enjoy yourself with these worthful lines!
I bet u'll consider that it deserves~
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Barthes is pulling love apart in this wonderful essay. Not so easy to comprehend and a background in philosophy might come handy but all in all you can find some magical excerpt.Published 7 months ago by Omer
Recommended reading for uni courses - if you are into this sort of thingPublished 21 months ago by K. Baines
I sent back the book because the quality of the paper and printing were very bad, but try to find a good edition not too expensive because this book is essential to have as a... Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2014 by Old French Lady