Book of Longing (Paperback)
Leonard Cohen wrote the poems in Book of Longing--his first book of poetry in more than twenty years--during his five-year stay at a Zen monastery on Southern California's Mount Baldy, and in Los Angeles, Montreal, and Mumbai. This dazzling collection is enhanced by the author's playful and provocative drawings, which interact in exciting, unexpected ways on the page with poetry that is timeless, meditative, and often darkly humorous. An international sensation, Book of Longing contains all the elements that have brought Cohen's artistry with language worldwide recognition.
About the Author
Leonard Cohen was born in Montreal in 1934. He received his B.A. from McGill University and pursued graduate studies in English at Columbia University. Soon thereafter, he returned to Montreal and worked in his family's clothing business while he continued to write poetry.
His artistic career began in 1956 with the publication of "Let Us Compare Mythologies," He has published nine collections of poetry, most recently, "Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs" (1993), and two novels, "The Favourite Game" (1963)" "and" Beautiful Losers "(1966). During the sixties he achieved national and international acclaim as a composer-singer. He has made seventeen albums, the latest being "Dear Heather "(2004). Numerous tribute albums, in many languages, have celebrated his songs.
Cohen was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1991, and promoted to the rank of Companion in 2003. He received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award in 1993, and has won numerous Juno Awards.
“Book of Longing has exceptional range. It is clear yet steamy, cosmic yet private, both playful and profound.”
-New York Times
“. . .alive and contradictory. . . you should read the whole volume. . .”