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“This town can have as much horror mentally for a sensitive person as a blitzed city may have, physically, for a turnip.”

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source: The Journals: Volume One 1949–1965 (New York: Alfred A Knopf, 2005). 5.

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“Disappointment of various places and trips. Not really comfortable anywhere. Very soon, this cry: I want to go back! (but where? since she is no longer anywhere, who was once where I could go back). I am seeking my place. Sitio.”

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source: entry dated August 1, 1978, in Mourning Diary, translated by Richard Howard (New York: Hill and Wang, 2010), 176.

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notes: On index cards, Roland Barthes starting keeping a mourning diary the day after his mother died in October 1977.

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