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Best Leonard Cohen Books – Biographies and Books by the Songwriter

Leonard Cohen Books

Leonard Cohen is one of our favorite songwriters, but in addition to his excellent music, he also published a number of books of poetry and fiction. Here are some of the best Leonard Cohen books — including both biographies and books by the songwriter.

This week marks the anniversary of his death in 2016. We remember his life and work with this reading guide to the best Leonard Cohen Books …

Leonard Cohen Books

8. Beautiful Losers: A Novel
by Leonard Cohen

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.



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