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Barthes and the irreplaceable being

Thursday, 12 November, 2015

Had he lived, French philosopher, critic, writer and semiotician Roland Barthes would be 100 today. In Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography, he ponders a picture of his late mother and writes: “For what I have lost is not a Figure (the Mother), but a being; and not a being, but a quality (a soul): not the indispensable, but the irreplaceable.”

Mammy and Prince and Cat


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