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For those trying to make sense of the death of a loved one, they will find in Rilke’s letter of condolences a balm for pain and suffering of loss. We already know through his poetry that Rilke has both special connection to the spiritual essence of the world and the unparalleled ability to string the most beautiful and profound sentences out of this connection. In these letters, he shows a different side of his twin talents as he consoles and uplifts the acquaintances, friends, and family members who have sought him for comfort in the aftermath of loss.

The Dark Interval: Letters on Loss, Grief, and Transformation (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
By Rainer Maria Rilke, Ulrich Baer (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780525509844
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Published: Modern Library - August 14th, 2018

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“I have not a desire but a need for solitude,” one entry of Barthes' Mourning Diary reads. That interiority, the desire to be alone, runs through the rest of this singular work of Barthes. In this very intimate work, we see how Barthes suffered through the period of his life that followed his mother’s death. Mourning Diary does not necessarily provide answers about the mysteries of death and grief. What it does provide is a companion to those who are grieving the death of a loved one and is a portrait of a man suffering covered in the shroud of a loved one’s death.

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By Roland Barthes, Richard Howard (Translated by), Richard Howard (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780374533113
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Published: Hill and Wang - March 13th, 2012

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In 88 pages, Fernández creates a vivid portrayal of both childhood in Pinochet-era Chile and of the adults who came out on the other end of the brutal regime carrying lifelong traumas. In the novel, these traumas come in the form of dreams particularly dreams about the same person: Estrella who grew up with the narrators of the novel. In the face of terrible conditions, these children find solace in each other and in the games they play. In Space Invaders, Fernandez creates a powerful narrative centered on the children trying to have a normal childhood under a dictatorship.

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By Nona Fernández, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781644450079
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019