Hear Leonard Cohen Read From Beautiful Losers

 

You plagued me like the moon. I knew you were bound by old laws of suffering and obscurity. I am fearful of the cripple’s wisdom. A pair of crutches, a grotesque limp can ruin a stroll which I begin in a new suit, clean-shaven, whistling. I envied you the certainty that you would amount to nothing. I coveted the magic of torn clothes. I was jealous of the terrors I constructed for you but could not tremble before myself. I was never drunk enough, never poor enough, never rich enough. All this hurts, perhaps it hurts enough. It makes me want to cry out for comfort. It makes me stretch my hands out horizontally. Yes, I long to be President of the new Republic. I love to hear the armed teenagers chant my name outside the hospital gates. Long live the Revolution! Let me be President for my last thirty days.

Originally posted May 16, 2010 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On The Back Cover: Songs Of Leonard Cohen Songbook

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Title: Songs Of Leonard Cohen – Herewith: Music, Words And Photographs
Publisher: Amsco Music Publishing Company (USA)
Date Of Publication: 1969

View other Leonard Cohen photos used as back cover art at Leonard Cohen On The Back Cover

Credit Due Department: Contributed by Dominique BOILE

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Originally posted October 24, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On The Back Cover: Beautiful Losers 1998 Sweden

Sköna Förlorare [Beautiful Losers] by Leonard Cohen. Translated by Erik Sandin. Photo of Leonard Cohen taken by by Hols/Semneby at Borgholm, Sweden (July 15, 1985). Published by Bakhåll: 1998.

View other Leonard Cohen photos used as back cover art at Leonard Cohen On The Back Cover

Credit Due Department: Contributed by Dominique BOILE

1998 Swedish Edition Of Beautiful Losers By Leonard Cohen + Bonus CD

The 1998 Swedish translation of Leonard Cohen’s Beautiful Losers features a rare bonus CD with two songs, There Is A War and Who By Fire, from Cohen Live – Leonard Cohen In Concert (1994).

Sköna Förlorare [Beautiful Losers] by Leonard Cohen. Translated by Erik Sandin.
Photo of Leonard Cohen taken by by Hols/Semneby at Borgholm, Sweden (July 15, 1985)
Bakhåll: 1998

From the private collection of Dominique BOILE.

About Leonard Cohen’s Unpublished First Novel, A Ballet Of Lepers

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Was A Ballet Of Lepers an early version of The Favorite Game

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No. That was probably a better novel, but it never saw the light. I sent it to Ace Pocketbooks at a certain moment, and they were considering [it] seriously, but it was never published. It’s just in the archives of the University of Toronto now.1quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen’s A Ballet Of Lepers – Unpublished But Not Unread

At least three authors of major volumes about Leonard Cohen have read and commented on A Ballet Of Lepers, available at the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, which is home to 140 bankers boxes worth of Cohen’s archives. (See Where To Find Leonard Cohen’s Novel, “Indian Rockets;” His 1986 Genie Award Plaque; His TV Play,”The New Step” … & How They Got There and )

From A Broken Hallelujah by Liel Leibovitz

From I’m Your Man by Sylvie Simmons

From Various Positions by Ira Nadel

Credit Due Department: Photo atop this post “Thomas-fisher-library-3” by Jphillips23Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
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  1. The Stranger Music of Leonard Cohen by William Ruhlmann. Goldmine, February 19, 1993. []

A Second Cover Design For Leonard Cohen’s The Flame

Dominique BOILE points out that a cover design for Leonard Cohen’s The Flame (see above) that differs from the cover presented earlier on the publisher’s site (see below) has appeared on Amazon.

For more about the burning bush emblem, see Cover Of Leonard Cohen’s The Flame Presaged By Graphics In Essential Leonard Cohen & Dear Heather Booklets + Poem & Art Illustrations