Spanish Broadcast: Alberto Manzano Talks About His New Book & His Translation Of Leonard Cohen’s The Flame, Recites Cohen Poem “I Implore Valour”


The Spanish broadcast can be found here. The recital of the final poem in the book comes at 26:40.

Thanks to Chema of Barcelona & Maria Viana, who alerted me to this broadcast.

The following transcript of the poem comes from Chema of Barcelona:

Imploro valor
Ahora que soy viejo
Para saludar al frío y la enfermedad.
Imploro valor
En la noche
Para llevar la carga y hacerla más ligera.
Imploro valor
En el tiempo
Cuando llega el sufrimiento y empieza a subir.
Imploro valor
Al final
Para llegar a la muerte
Como uno amiga

Google Translate

I implore valour
Now that I’m old
To greet the cold and the illness.
I implore valour
At night
To carry the load and make it lighter.
I implore valour
In the time
When the suffering comes and begins to rise.
I implore valour
At the end
To get to death
As a friend

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

Cover Of Leonard Cohen’s The Flame Presaged By Graphics In Essential Leonard Cohen & Dear Heather Booklets + Poem & Art Illustrations

Dominique BOILE points out that the cover of The Flame, the final book written by Leonard Cohen, appeared earlier in the booklet of the double CD compilation, The Essential Leonard Cohen (2002).

Update: Klaus Offermann notes that the same illustration can be found at No Middleman, a poem by Leonard Cohen. It also appears with Not A Jew.

And, Dominique BOILE also spotted it in this Leonard Cohen drawing, Dream Of The Fallen Shechina

and in the Dear Heather booklet.

Leonard Cohen’s The Flame: Poems and Notebooks To Be Available In Audio Formats – But Who Will Narrate?

As the above screen capture (with my markings) from Macmillan Publishing Site indicates, Leonard Cohen’s last book, The Flame, will be available in CD and Digital Audio formats. There is no information about whose voice will be used on the audio versions. It’s intriguing to speculate if recordings of Leonard himself will be featured or, if not, who will be chosen to recite those lyrics.

The Flame By Leonard Cohen – Now Available For PreOrder

The Flame: Poems & Notebooks
By Leonard Cohen

Available for PreOrder

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: Oct 2, 2018
ISBN: 9780374156060
Pages: 336

Update: Cover Of Leonard Cohen’s The Flame Presaged By Graphics In Essential Leonard Cohen & Dear Heather Booklets + Poem & Art Illustrations

Book Information

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. “