Travels in China / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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In 1974 Roland Barthes travelled in China as part of a smalldelegation of distinguished French philosophers and literaryfigures. They arrived in China just as the last stage of theCultural Revolution was getting underway - the campaign tocriticize Lin Biao and Confucius. While they were welcomed bywriters and academics, the travelers were required to follow apre-established itinerary, visiting factories and constructionsites, frequenting shows and restaurants that were the mainstay ofWestern visitors to China in the 70s.Barthes planned to return from the trip with a book on China: thebook never materialized, but he kept the diary notes he wrote atthe time. The notes on things seen, smelled and heard alternatewith reflections and remarks - meditations, critiques or notes ofsympathy, an aside from the surrounding world. Published now forthe first time more than thirty years after the trip, thesenotebooks offer a unique portrait of China at a time of turbulenceand change, seen through the eyes of the world’s greatestsemiotician.
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About the Author
Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was a French essayist and social and literary critic.
Table of ContentsIntroductionMap of ChinaRoland Barthes: Notes from a Visit to ChinaNotebook 1Notebook 2Notebook 3Notes for Notebooks 1-3Notebook 4Thematic indexIndex of proper namesFacsimile of Notebook 1(Roland Barthes Archives, IMEC)