Collector’s Edition Of Leonard Cohen’s Le Livre du Désir [Book of Longing]

Dominique BOILE sends this scan of the cover of a new rare limited collector’s edition of Le Livre du Désir [Book of Longing] by Leonard Cohen.

Publisher: Points, France (Points Poésie Collection)
Language: French
Translated by: Jacques Vassal & Jean Dominique Brierre
Year: Nov 2017
Pages: 283
ISBN: 978-2-7578-6870-6

“Sex for [Leonard Cohen] is not just a pleasant pastime but also a spiritual adventure” Sexual Revelations In The Favourite Game

The Favorite Game by Ezra Glinter (Paris Review: September 19, 2014) is a thoughtful, well written consideration of Leonard Cohen’s perspective on sex, especially as demonstrated in his novel, The Favourite Game. The complete article is available at the link.


Yet it isn’t success with women that accounts for Cohen’s particular vision, even if his fame as a lover may have, over time, borne the fruits of self-fulfilling prophecy. Rather, his work is shot through with fears of physical deficiency and sexual deprivation, loneliness and insecurity. “He could not help thinking that … he wasn’t tall enough or straight, that people didn’t turn to look at him in street-cars, that he didn’t command the glory of the flesh,” he writes of his autobiographical protagonist in The Favorite Game. Decades later, in his 2006 poetry collection Book of Longing, Cohen confessed: “My reputation as a ladies’ man was a joke / that caused me to laugh bitterly / through the ten thousand nights / I spent alone.” This experience of rejection explains Cohen’s freeze-frame insight into intimacy. Scarcity, after all, translates into appreciation and appreciation into value. It transforms sex into something more than a bodily function. Along with his focus on physical passion, Cohen is known for his spiritual and religious themes, and for yoking them with the ecstasies of the flesh. Sex for him is not just a pleasant pastime but also a spiritual adventure, the key to life-defining emotions.

Note: Originally posted Sept 20, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen For Easy Piano – Songbook Due Oct 18 2017

Dominique BOILE alerts us that Amazon Canada now has a listing for Leonard Cohen for Easy Piano by Leonard Cohen, due to be released Oct 18 2017. The following is from the Amazon description:

(Easy Piano Composer Collection). A dozen of Cohen’s most loved tunes arranged for easy piano, including the iconic “Hallelujah” as well as: Bird on the Wire (Bird on a Wire) * Dance Me to the End of Love * Everybody Knows * Famous Blue Raincoat * The Future * Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye * I’m Your Man * So Long Marianne * Suzanne * A Thousand Kisses Deep * Waiting for the Miracle.

Paperback: 72 pages
Publisher: Hal Leonard (Oct. 18 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1540002306
ISBN-13: 978-1540002303

New York Times Makes It Official: Leonard Cohen’s Final Book to Arrive in 2018

Excerpted from Leonard Cohen’s Final Book to Arrive in 2018 by John Williams (NY Times: Oct. 6, 2017)

[Leonard Cohen’s] final book, to be published posthumously next year, will simply be called “The Flame.”

Farrar, Straus and Giroux announced Friday that it would publish the collection in October 2018. It will feature Mr. Cohen’s last poems, which he selected and ordered before his death, as well as selections from his notebooks, the full lyrics from his final three albums of music, prose and illustrations.

Update: Excerpted from McClelland and Stewart news release:

Robert Kory, Leonard Cohen’s manager and Trustee of the Cohen Estate, said, “During the final months of his life, Leonard had a singular focus—completing this book taken largely from his unpublished poems and selections from his notebooks. The flame and how our culture threatened its extinction was a central concern. Though in declining health, Leonard died unexpectedly. Those of us who had the rare privilege of spending time with him during this period recognized that the flame burned bright within him to the very end. This book, finished only days before his death, reveals to all the intensity of his inner fire. “

Also see yesterday’s post: Amazon Lists The Flame “A Collection Of Leonard Cohen’s Last Poems” To Be Published Oct 4, 2018

Amazon Lists The Flame “A Collection Of Leonard Cohen’s Last Poems” To Be Published Oct 4, 2018

Dominique BOILE alerts us to a listing on the French Amazon site for The Flame by Leonard Cohen, due to be published in Kindle format Oct 4, 2018. The Amazon description follows:

The Flame is a stunning collection of Leonard Cohen’s last poems, selected and ordered by the author in the final months of his life. Featuring lyrics, prose pieces and illustrations, the book also contains an extensive selection from Cohen’s notebooks, which he kept in poetic form throughout his life, and offers an unprecedentedly intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist and thinker.

An enormously powerful final chapter in Cohen’s storied literary career, The Flame showcases the full range of Leonard Cohen’s lyricism, from the exquisitely transcendent to the darkly funny. By turns devastatingly sad and winningly strange, these are the works of a poet and lyricist who has plumbed the depths of our darkest questions and come up wanting, yearning for more.

Update: New York Times Makes It Official: Leonard Cohen’s Final Book to Arrive in 2018

Format : Format Kindle
Editeur : Canongate Books (4 octobre 2018)
Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Langue : Anglais
ASIN: B07659DSB4

Update: From Dominique BOILE
Hardcover: 452 pages
Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (4 Oct. 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1786893134
IBN-13: 978-1786893130

French Collector’s Edition Of Leonard Cohen’s Book Of Longing To Be Published

Dominique BOILE alerts us that a collector’s edition of Leonard Cohen’s Book Of Longing will be published in France, in paperback, on November 2, 2017.

Publisher: Le Cherche Midi
Collection: Points Poésie
French Title: Le Livre du Désir
Language: French
ISBN-10: 2757868705
ISBN-13: 978-2757868706
Translation by Jacques Vassal & Jean-Dominique Brierre