"It is precisely the fragmentary nature of Mourning Diary—its eruptions and silences—that makes it monumental. In its "incomplete" form, the diary mimics the slippery, episodic, repetitive, and inconclusive nature of grief. It offers a rare mirror of a process that is usually private or summoned in reflection."
Slate Full article
"Mourning Diary, like nearly all of Barthes’s books, is a collection of beginnings, of fugitive and conjectural observations that lap over one another and push forward like successive waves onto a beach."
New York Times Full article
"The soul-stirring writings, set down on index cards, through which he mourns his beloved mother, Henriette, with whom he lived for sixty years—reveal Barthes to be extraordinarily sensitive and relatable."
The New Yorker Full article