Mourning Diary by Roland Barthes

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“I have not a desire but a need for solitude,” one entry of Barthes' Mourning Diary reads. That interiority, the desire to be alone, runs through the rest of this singular work of Barthes. In this very intimate work, we see how Barthes suffered through the period of his life that followed his mother’s death. Mourning Diary does not necessarily provide answers about the mysteries of death and grief. What it does provide is a companion to those who are grieving the death of a loved one and is a portrait of a man suffering covered in the shroud of a loved one’s death.

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By Roland Barthes, Richard Howard (Translated by), Richard Howard (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780374533113
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Published: Hill and Wang - March 13th, 2012

Space Invaders by Nona Fernández

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In 88 pages, Fernández creates a vivid portrayal of both childhood in Pinochet-era Chile and of the adults who came out on the other end of the brutal regime carrying lifelong traumas. In the novel, these traumas come in the form of dreams particularly dreams about the same person: Estrella who grew up with the narrators of the novel. In the face of terrible conditions, these children find solace in each other and in the games they play. In Space Invaders, Fernandez creates a powerful narrative centered on the children trying to have a normal childhood under a dictatorship.

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By Nona Fernández, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781644450079
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

'68 by Paco Ignacio Taibo II

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Before he was one of international literature’s most revered figures, Paco Ignacio Taibo II was a student militant who participated in a series of protests in Mexico City during the summer of 1968 that culminated in a government-sanctioned massacre of the demonstrators. Paco, with his trademark irreverent and anti-establishment prose, captures the spirit of the 1968 Mexican student movement in this memoir. Not only is this book a brutal and harrowing narrative of events, it is also a tender depiction of the “Movement” and of what it means to be an idealistic and progressive revolutionary during times of repression and fear.

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ISBN: 9781609808495
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Published: Seven Stories Press - October 29th, 2019