Roland Barthes Par Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes by himself. Hmm. First published in 1975, this is an odd work. A certain dislocating anxiety pervades the book when I read it for the first time at the University of Illinois. Or was it Stanford? I forget. Hard to read straight through as it’s so reflexive, self-referencial, etc. Self-aggrandizing? Definitely. In any case, it was destined to be part of the Ëcrivains de toujours series published in France, the “écrivain x par lui-même”where a post-humous (and fictive) autobiography is cobbled together through quotes by the author himself. One of the first in this series was Michelet par lui-même.

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Roland Barthes sans peine by accident. Let me fix that ASAP.

R. BARTHES, Roland Barthes par Roland Barthes, Seuil, Paris, 1975.

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Bauby, Le scaphandre et Le papillon / the butterfly and the diving bell

This is one of the most amazing of autobiographies … Written with one blinking eyelid. Bauby was paralyzed and had the locked-in syndrome. Learned to communicate somehow to his assistant with a morse-like system of blinking his eyelid to the number of a letter’s place in the alphabet.

This book communicates the preciousness of life. Bauby was a talented editor-in-chief at Elle magazine.

You can read the rest below. En Français.

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Bauby, Le scaphandre et Le papillon / the butterfly and the diving bell

This is one of the most amazing of autobiographies … Written with one blinking eyelid. Bauby was paralyzed and had the locked-in syndrome. Learned to communicate somehow to his assistant with a morse-like system of blinking his eyelid to the number of a letter’s place in the alphabet.

This book communicates the preciousness of life. Bauby was a talented editor-in-chief at Elle magazine.

You can read the rest below. En Français.

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Sartre, Les Mots. An autobiography

This book was first introduced to me by René Girard, as being one of the better autobiographies in the modern era. A bit unconventional, it treats Sartre’s first steps in literature as well as his childhood living with an overbearing grandfather.

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