Book of Longing

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McClelland & Stewart, Mar 27, 2007 - Poetry - 240 pages
127 Reviews
Leonard Cohen is one of the great writers, performers, and most consistently daring artists of our time. Book of Longing is Cohen’s eagerly awaited new collection of poems, following his highly acclaimed 1984 title, Book of Mercy, and his hugely successful 1993 publication, Stranger Music, a Globe and Mail national bestseller. Book of Longing contains erotic, playful, and provocative line drawings and artwork on every page, by the author, which interact in exciting and unexpected ways on the page with poetry that is timeless, meditative, and at times darkly humorous. The book brings together all the elements that have brought Leonard Cohen’s artistry with language worldwide recognition.


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User Review  - Anas Almansuri - Goodreads

Cohen has this vague yet intense way of expression, this man's a real ARTIST, I enjoyed every poem and prose in this book. Read full review

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User Review  - Jonathan - Goodreads

Not Cohen's best work, but still worth the read. A good portion of the poems seem to be revisiting songs (Boogie Street, Alexandra Leaving, A Thousand Kisses Deep, By The Rivers Dark, etc.) and a few ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Leonard Cohen's artistic career began in 1956 with the publication of his first book of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies (just reissued). He has published two novels, The Favourite Game and Beautiful Losers, and ten books of poetry, most recently Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs and Book of Longing. He has to date made seventeen albums, the latest being Dear Heather. Numerous tribute albums, in many languages, have celebrated his songs. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Montreal.

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