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Image-Music-Text by Roland Barthes


Image-Music-Text’ brings together major essays by Roland Barthes on the structural analysis of narrative and on issues in literary theory, on the semiotics of photograph and film, on the practice of music and voice.

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In the ethereal tapestry of literary exploration, “Image-Music-Text” emerges as a luminous constellation, gathering the profound essays of Roland Barthes into a mesmerizing symphony of thought. With each turn of its pages, the reader is beckoned into a realm where narrative structure and the essence of literature intertwine with the enigmatic semiotics of image and film, while the ethereal melodies of music and voice resonate with the echoes of philosophical inquiry.

Barthes, a virtuoso of intellectual discourse, embarks on a transcendental journey through the realms of perception and signification, unveiling the hidden truths that lie beneath the surface of artistic expression. His essays, each a polished gem in the crown of literary scholarship, serve as portals to deeper understanding, inviting the seeker to navigate the labyrinthine corridors of meaning and interpretation.

At the heart of “Image-Music-Text” lies a profound dialectic, a constant movement “from work to text,” wherein Barthes meticulously unravels the intricate threads of signifying activity. With the deftness of a master craftsman, he traces the contours of literary creation, image-making, cinematic storytelling, and the sonic landscapes of music and theater, illuminating the transformative power of language and symbol.

Through the alchemy of Stephen Heath’s translation, Barthes’ magnum opus is rendered with a rare elegance and clarity, allowing English-speaking readers to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of his thought. Each essay, a beacon of intellectual inquiry, not only offers profound insights into the nature of art and interpretation but also serves as a testament to Barthes’ enduring legacy as a visionary thinker and mythographer.

In the poetic cadence of Barthes’ prose, one finds echoes of ancient wisdom and modern insight, woven together in a sublime tapestry of philosophical reflection. “Image-Music-Text” stands as a testament to the transcendent power of human creativity and the eternal quest for meaning in the boundless expanse of artistic expression.

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Harper Collins


Roland Barthes

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ISBN/EAN        9780006861355