The Third Meaning by Roland Barthes

This miniature book from the “Minima” series published by Ad Marginem consists of three essays by the French semiotic philosopher Roland Barthes: “The Photographic Message”, “The Rhetoric of the Image” and “The Third Meaning”.

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In the Labyrinth

A soldier, stiffened in the winter cold and tired, is waiting for someone near the lantern under the incessant snowfall. In his hands he holds a box wrapped in paper with something inside; he must pass it on to someone. He does not remember any details of the meeting: where, when and with whom it should take place; he does not remember anything about himself: ...

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When I Was a Work of Art

Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt is a contemporary French writer, known as the author of a number of easy-to-read books, but, nevertheless, filled with deep philosophical meaning. One can even say that each of his works is a philosophical parable that raises at least one global problem of being: what is life, death, God and religion. His novel “How I Was a Work of Art” was written in ...

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Stupeur et tremblements

Amélie Nothomb is a Belgian writer writing in French. Her father was a diplomat, therefore in her childhood Notomb lived in different countries: Japan, the USA, Laos, Burma, China and Bangladesh which strongly influenced her work. In all, she wrote 23 novels and the most famous “Fear and Trembling” (Stupeur et tremblements) was nominated for Prix Goncourt.

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The Unknown Masterpiece

Honoré de Balzac wrote “The Unknown Masterpiece” in the series of “Philosophical Studies” in 1832. Here he demonstrates himself as a connoisseur of art, but most importantly — a predictor of the development of European art of the late XIX century and the entire twentieth century.

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