Roland Barthes

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Olivia Laing: ‘I’m sorry, but Jane Eyre is a horrendous little hysteric’
The British writer on discovering Barthes, channelling Burroughs and appreciating the talents of Patricia Highsmith’s Mr Ripley

Olivia Laing

25, Feb, 2022 @10:00 AM

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At the Risk of Thinking by Alice Jardine review – the importance of Julia Kristeva
Kristeva is one of the major European writers of our time, and a glamorous feminist intellectual. This biography is very much on her side

Jenny Turner

22, Apr, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Looking for Henriette: Roland Barthes' tantalising mystery
In his classic Camera Lucida, the philosopher describes, but refuses to share, a picture of his mother as a girl. Forty years on, a group of photographers imagine their own versions of the enigmatic image

Sean O’Hagan

15, Apr, 2020 @5:00 AM

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If a novel was good, would you care if it was created by artificial intelligence? | Richard Lea
The first computer-generated screenplays are promised within five years. Fiction can’t be far behind, says Guardian books writer Richard Lea

Richard Lea

27, Jan, 2020 @10:08 AM

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The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet review – who killed Roland Barthes?
Semiotics meets the whodunnit in a satiric romp through Parisian intellectual life from the author of HHhH

Lauren Elkin

12, May, 2017 @2:00 PM

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The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet – who killed Roland Barthes?
With this playful fantasy about the death of the celebrated French critic, Binet delivers a second novel as engaging as his first

Alex Preston

07, May, 2017 @5:30 AM

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Mythomania by Peter Conrad review – the real meaning of Apple, cronuts and the Kardashians
A collection of playful essays, inspired by Roland Barthes, explores the deeper significance of today’s cultural phenomena

Steven Poole

24, Aug, 2016 @9:00 AM

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Happy 100th birthday, Roland Barthes
Little did the great demythologiser know that after his death he would become famous, commodified and mythic himself

John Dugdale

12, Nov, 2015 @5:17 PM

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Roland Barthes' challenge to biography
The great critic’s life can certainly be seen in his work, but – as one would expect from the man who pronounced the Author dead – in more complicated ways than we are used to

Andrew Gallix

14, Aug, 2015 @10:00 AM

Et cetera: non-fiction roundup - reviews
Steven Poole on Roland Barthes' Travels in China, Enjoy Every Sandwich by Lee Lipsenthal and Screw Business As Usual by Richard Branson

Steven Poole

03, Feb, 2012 @10:55 PM

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New publisher dedicated to essays hopes to revive the form

Notting Hill Editions launches with work from authors including Roland Barthes, John Berger and Georges Perec

Alison Flood

05, May, 2011 @9:02 AM

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Rereading: Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes

Rereading: Grieving for his mother, Roland Barthes looked for her in old photos – and wrote a curious, moving book that became one of the most influential studies of photography. By Brian Dillon

Brian Dillon

26, Mar, 2011 @12:05 AM

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