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Book of Longing Ecco First Edition edition Leonard Cohen


31st May 2012 Literature & Fiction 0 Comments

Internationally celebrated for his writing and his music, Leonard Cohen is one of the legendary writers, performers, and most consistently daring artists of our time. Book of Longing is his dazzling new collection of poetry — twenty years in the making — written on southern California’s Mount Baldy and in Los Angeles, Montreal, and Mumbai. Following his highly acclaimed 1984 publication, Book of Mercy, and containing Cohen’s own playful and provocative line drawings, Book of Longing brings together all the elements that have elevated Leonard Cohen’s artistry to worldwide recognition.

Renowned singer-songwriter Cohen also boasts a reputation as a writer for the printed page, especially in his native Canada. This capacious collection (his first since 1993′s Stranger Music) compiles musings, jottings, quatrains, brief lyrics, prose meditations and offhand epigrams, along with Cohen’s ink drawings and work in his own handwriting. The melancholy Cohen displays both a surface humility and an underlying self-confidence as he reflects on women (as when recalling his seduction of “the most beautiful girl/ on the religious left”), Zen doctrine, his own advancing age (Cohen turned 70 two years ago) and the legacy of the ’60s. Many poems feel like his song lyrics: “Sometimes just a list/ Of my events/ Is holier than the Bill of Rights/ And more intense.” The volume will get a boost from Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man, a documentary scheduled for theatrical release. (May)
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Book of Longing has exceptional range. It is clear yet steamy, cosmic yet private, both playful and profound. (New York Times )

. . .alive and contradictory. . . you should read the whole volume. . . (LA Weekly )

Book of Longing has exceptional range. It is clear yet steamy, cosmic yet private, both playful and profound.

. . .alive and contradictory. . . you should read the whole volume. . .

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