Title: ROLAND BARTHES BY ROLAND BARTHES - Rare Fine...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Hill And Wang, 1977
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 186 pages. Published in 1977. The author's second autobiographical writing. One of the greatest books of the 20th century. The second book in the final and greatest work by Roland Barthes, the trilogy that he began with "A Lover's Discourse: Fragments" (1977) and concluded with "Camera Lucida: Reflections On Photography" (1980, published posthumously in English in 1981). The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Roland Barthes' "Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes" in a felicitous English translation. Profoundly personal confessions about his life, the book is, in effect, by, about, and most important, for the author himself. Since that sounds like the "tell-all" memoir (which it is not), it is important to clarify what Barthes' book is: A revelation, in the coolly detached French/Continental intellectual mode, where every (concrete) detail is intimately described in order to amplify a larger (abstract) idea. It is, to borrow Sartre's inimitable phrase, "the observer in the act of observing". "Never before has Barthes spoken so freely, so joyously, precisely when he speaks so strictly, so severely about 'him'. Barthes is first and foremost, a writer, a man for whom the imaginative manipulation of language affords the means of life, the justification of his existence, the articulation of his identity" (Richard Howard). Discretion, elegance, and subtlety set Barthes' book apart from the vulgar memoir, especially of the Anglo-American kind. The more Barthes tells us about himself, the more distant he becomes, to himself and to us, his readers. The more Barthes reveals to us, the more we realize how little we can ever really know him (or ourselves). So why bother to write and to read? Answer: To liberate oneself from the limits of formal writing in order to re-invent writing as a work of the highest achievement. Therein lies his book's and trilogy's greatness and wisdom. An absolute "must-have" title for Roland Barthes collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: All other copies available online have serious flaws. A rare copy thus. The greatest European culture critic of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROLAND BARTHES TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0809082454. Bookseller Inventory # 16150
Synopsis: First published in 1977, Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes is the great literary theorist?s most original work?a brilliant and playful text, gracefully combining the personal and the theoretical to reveal Roland Barthes?s tastes, his childhood, his education, his passions and regrets.
From the Inside Flap: " Barthes par Barthes is a genuinely post-modern autobiography, an innovation in the art of autobiography comparable in its theoretical implications for our understanding of autobiography to Sartre's The Words."—Hayden White, University of California
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