Fields of Mourning

Fields of Mourning

place in underworld where lovers who committed suicide dwell. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
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In addition to potent images of Marcel wanting to fail and thus feed off the subsequent guaranteed desolation that will energize the writing, there are readings memorable for their pathos, as when, reviewing the winter scene in the Bois de Boulogne at the end of Du cote de chez Swann, Bowie traces the myrtle-alley back to the Fields of Mourning in the Sixth Book of the Aeneid; or in his reflection on the necessary overlay of douceur and douleur in the psychology of grieving elaborated in the Albertine cycle; or again, in the identification in the Recherche of a Heideggerian 'being-towards-death'.