French philosopher and literary theorist Roland Barthes was one of the leading influences on the post-structuralist movement
in twentieth-century literary thought, and some of his best-known works, like "S/Z", speak directly to the essential and individual
relationship between a reader and a literary text. Here, in "Incidents", readers have the privilege of going inside the life
and thought of Barthes, through a work that is a testament to Barthes' belief that a literary work should invite the full,
active participation of the reader. The essays collected in "Incidents", originally published in French shortly after Barthes'
death, provide unique insight into the author's life, his personal struggles, and his delights. Though Barthes questioned
the act of keeping a journal with the aim of having it published, he decided to undertake a diary-like experiment in four
parts. The first, which gives the collection its title, is a revealing personal account of his time living in Morocco. The
second, "The Light of the Southwest", is an ode to Barthes' favorite region in France, while in "At Le Palace Tonight", Barthes
describes a vibrant Paris entertainment spot.
Finally, the journal entries of "Evenings in Paris" reveal Barthes as an
older gay man, struggling with his desire for young lovers. Rendered here in a fresh and lyrical translation, "Incidents"
will delight fans of Barthes' other works, as well as anyone curious for a look inside the mind of one of the twentieth century's