“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.
Mourning Diary by Roland Barthes