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A Lover's Discourse: Fragments (French: Fragments d’un discours amoureux) is a 1977 book by Roland Barthes. It contains a list of "fragments", some of which come from literature and some from his own philosophical thought, of a lover's point of view. Barthes calls them "figures"—gestures of the lover at work.[1]

A Lover's Discourse: Fragments
A Lover's Discourse (original French edition).jpg
Cover of the first edition
AuthorRoland Barthes
Original titleFragments d’un discours amoureux
Publication date


Film adaptationEdit

The book was adapted into a Hong Kong movie in Cantonese by directors Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan called Lover's Discourse (戀人絮語, 2010). The film consisted of four interconnected stories about love and lovers. The ensemble cast of the film includes Eason Chan, Karena Lam, Kay Tse, Mavis Fan, Eddie Peng, Jacky Heung and Kit Chen.[2]

French director Claire Denis later adapted the book into the film Let the Sunshine In.[3]

Cultural referencesEdit


  • A Lover's Discourse: Fragments, translated from the French by Richard Howard, Hill and Wang, (1979), ISBN 0-374-52161-1


  1. ^ Roland., Barthes, (2010). A lover's discourse : fragments. Howard, Richard, 1929-, Koestenbaum, Wayne. (Pbk. ed.). New York, N.Y.: Hill and Wang. ISBN 0374532311. OCLC 655759551.
  2. ^ "Lover's Discourse". Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  3. ^ "The Beauty of a Rom-Com - Los Angeles Review of Books". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  4. ^ The Lover Speaks - Cherry Pop - CRPOP158 - 2015 - CD release liner notes
  5. ^ Greenberg, Michael (2011-11-24). "The Mania of Love". The New York Review of Books. ISSN 0028-7504. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  6. ^ Boffin, Tessa (1988). "The Blind Leading the Blind: Socialist-Feminism and Representation". Feminist Review (29): 158. doi:10.2307/1395161.
  7. ^ Boffin, Tessa; Barthes, Roland (1987). "A Lover's Distance: Fragments: A Photoessay". Feminist Review (25): 99. doi:10.2307/1395041. ISSN 0141-7789.