Book of Longing

Book of Longing

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Leonard Cohen wrote the poems in Book of Longing his first book of poetry in more than twenty years during his five-year stay at a Zen monastery on Southern California's Mount Baldy, and in Los Angeles, Montreal, and Mumbai. This dazzling collection is enhanced by the author's playful and provocative drawings, which interact in exciting, unexpected ways on the page with poetry that is timeless, meditative, and often darkly humorous. An international sensation, Book of Longing contains all the elements that have brought Cohen's artistry with language worldwide recognition."

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  • Paperback | 231 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • HarperCollins
  • Ecco Press
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 006112561X
  • 9780061125614
  • 46,835

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"["Book of Longing"] is not so much an illustrated collection of poems as it is a shaped autobiography." -- Globe and Mail "It reaffirms Cohen's mastery in the domain of desire, and devotees will not be disappointed." -- Austin Chronicle "Tenderness may have replaced passion, but Cohen's ability to capture this shift makes it poignant and meaningful. . . . Cohen has taken what his friend Irving Layton called 'the inescapable lousiness of growing old' and has given it, in its waning days, a profound romantic dignity." -- Montreal Gazette "He's shown an uncanny knack for expressing the changing Zeitgeist." -- Toronto Star

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