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One of the best-known experimental novels of the 1960s, Beautiful Losers is Leonard Cohen s most defiant and uninhibited work. As imagined by Cohen, hell is an apartment in Montreal, where a bereaved and lust-tormented narrator reconstructs his relations with the dead. In that hell two men and a woman twine impossibly and betray one another again and again. Memory blurs into blasphemous sexual fantasy--and redemption takes the form of an Iroquois saint and virgin who has been dead for 300 years but still has the power to save even the most degraded of her suitors. First published in 1966, Beautiful Losers demonstrates that its author is not only a superb songwriter but also a novelist of visionary power. Funny, harrowing, and fiercely moving, it is a classic erotic tragedy, incandescent in its prose and exhilarating for its risky union of sexuality and faith."show more

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  • Paperback | 243 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 15.24mm | 158.76g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Villard Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Vintage Books ed
  • w. ills.
  • 0679748253
  • 9780679748250
  • 27,256

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One of the best-known experimental novels of the 1960s, "Beautiful Losers is Cohen's most defiant and uninhibited work. The novel centres upon the hapless members of a love triangle united by their sexual obsessions and by their fascination with Catherine Tekakwitha, the 17th-century Mohawk saint. By turns vulgar, rhapsodic, and viciously witty, "Beautiful Losers explores each character's attainment of a state of self-abandonment, in which the sensualist cannot be distinguished from the saint. "From the Paperback edition.show more

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"Gorgeously written. . . . One comes out of it having seen terrible and beautiful visions." --The New York Times "Leaves one gasping for breath as well as suitable words. . . . Cohen is a powerful, poetic writer." --Dallas Times-Herald "Brilliant, explosive, a fountain of talent. . . . James Joyce is not dead. . . . He lives in Montreal under the name of Cohen. . . writing from the point of view of Henry Miller." --Boston Sunday Heraldshow more

About Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen s artistic career began in 1956 with the publication of his first book of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies. He has published two novels, The Favourite Game andBeautiful Losers, and eleven books of poetry, most recentlyStranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs, Book of Longing, andLeonard Cohen: Poems and Songs. He has to date released fourteen studio albums, the most recent of which, You Want It Darker, was released in 2016.Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, and was awarded the Glenn Gould Prize in 2011. Mr. Cohen died in 2016."show more

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"Gorgeously written. . . . One comes out of it having seen terrible and beautiful visions." -- The New York Times "Leaves one gasping for breath as well as suitable words. . . . Cohen is a powerful, poetic writer." -- Dallas Times-Herald "Brilliant, explosive, a fountain of talent. . . . James Joyce is not dead. . . . He lives in Montreal under the name of Cohen. . . writing from the point of view of Henry Miller." -- Boston Sunday Heraldshow more