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Owning Roland Barthes

 #151 of 2011 • A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments by Roland Barthes, translated from the French by Richard Howard. Published by Hill & Wang.   * * * [FOUR AND A HALF YEARS AGO]   1. POSSESSION Two of my friends are currently reading Roland Barthes. One keeps hurling invectives at the page. The other, whom […]

“. . . the lover’s discourse is today of an extreme solitude.”

Now, absence can only exist as a consequence of the other: it is the other who leaves, it is I who remain. The other is in a condition of perpetual departure, of journeying; the other is, by vocation, migrant, fugitive; I — I who love, by converse vocation, am sedentary, motionless, at hand, in expectation, […]