Leonard Cohen Reference In Historia Do Cerco De Lisboa By Jose Saramago

Joao Miguel Figueiredo Silva, best known to fans as “that guy who uploads all those Leonard Cohen bootlegs to his YouTube channel,” writes

I just discovered a curious passage about Leonard Cohen in ‘History of the Siege of Lisbon’ (‘Historia do Cerco de Lisboa’), a 1989 novel by Jose Saramago, Portugal’s 1998 Nobel Literature laureate. Here’s the link to the full story, the Portuguese quote, and the radio program on that entry (in Portuguese).

The excerpt from the novel follows [via Google Translate]:

Now a man appears alone, he must be singing, although his lips move, the couplet said Leonard Cohen, and the image looks at Raimundo Silva insistently, the movements of the mouth articulate a question, Why do not you listen to me, man alone, and certainly adds, Hear me now because then it will be too late, after a video clip comes another, do not repeat, this is not a record you can do back a thousand and one times, it is possible that I come back, but I do not know when and maybe you are not here right now, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Raimundo Silva leaned forward, opened the sound, Leonard Cohen’s gesture was as if he was grateful, now he could sing, and sang, said the things that says who lived and wonders how much and for what, who loved and wonders to whom and why, and, having asked the questions, everyone finds himself unanswered, only one who is, is the opposite of the one who once said that the answers are all there and that we no longer have to learn to ask the questions. When Cohen fell silent, Raimundo Silva cut the sound again, and soon afterwards he disconnected himself from the whole apparatus.

The Titular Leonard Cohen: “Leonard Cohen’s Happy Compared To Me” By The Minnows

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Today’s example is a 2009 offering (released in 2008 in Ireland only)  from The Minnows, a group out of Northern Ireland, that one enthusiastic review called “the superbly entitled Leonard Cohen’s Happy Compared To Me.”

To be fair, the Minnows’ Michael Rafferty gets the joke, pointing out in a radio interview that Leonard Cohen is not all despair and anguish. (source: Rock and Reprise)

Credit Due Department: Contributed by Dominique BOILE

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Note: Originally posted August 30, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Cultural Allusion: “Robot nanny that sings Leonard Cohen lullabies” On Castle TV Series

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In Season 8 Episode 11 – “Dead Red” of the Castle TV series (first aired Feb 15, 2016), mystery novelist Richard Castle purchases, among other items, a “robot nanny that sings Leonard Cohen lullabies” as a potential gift for Jenny and Ryan’s baby.

Then, in what can only be described as a bizarre plot twist, Castle’s mother and daughter inexplicably nix the notion, causing him to forgo, if not forget, his perfect offering.

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It’s enough to threaten one’s willing suspension of disbelief. You can watch it all take place in the first 60 seconds of the video below.

Credit Due Department: Thanks go to Victorine, who alerted me to this allusion to Leonard Cohen.

The Titular Leonard Cohen: First We Take Manhattan: A Novel Alternative History

First We Take...0002The Titular Leonard Cohen: Leonard Cohen’s name appears in a number of titles of songs, albums, stories, and such in which he is exclusively a point of reference, i.e., the songs are neither written or performed by Mr Cohen and he is not the subject of the literary work. His name is in the title simply to evoke a mood, attract attention, make a statement, sell a record, … The was originally a category at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric. This is the first post in that collection published on Cohencentric.

Dominique BOILE alerts us to the publication of First We Take Manhattan: Una novela de Historia Alternativa de Raúl Gonzálvez.  (146 pages; April6, 2016)

From French Amazon site:

Estados Unidos, otoño de 1968: Richard Nixon se presenta a la reeleción contra Bobby Kennedy; en la radio suena “Hey Jude”, el último éxito de Mccartney and the Wings, y el ron fluye libre desde que Cuba es el estado 51 de la Unión. Mientras el país sigue inmerso en una deriva contra los judíos, Leonard Nimoy, un actor de segunda, acepta un último trabajo a la desesperada antes de regresar a Boston: convertirse en doble del Kohen Gadol, el antiguo rabino que lidera la Marcha del Millón de Judíos a través de los Estados Unidos, hasta las puertas de Nueva York.

Via Google Translate:

United States, Fall 1968: Richard Nixon presented to the reelection against Bobby Kennedy; on the radio “Hey Jude” sounds, the ultimate success of McCartney and the Wings, and rum flows freely since Cuba is the 51st state of the Union.  While the country is immersed in a drift against the Jews, Leonard Nimoy, a second actor, accepts a desperate last job before returning to Boston: become double of Kohen Gadol, the old rabbi who leads the March of Million Jews throughout the United States, to the gates of New York.

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