La fin des années 1970 est difficile pour Leonard Cohen. Deuil de sa mère, séparation d'avec la mère de ses enfants, approche de la cinquantaine. Il opère alors un retour au judaïsme et explore sa relation à l'Éternel, tout en se méfiant de toute religion qui prétendrait à l'exclusivité.
L'écriture des psaumes l'amène à « renoncer à sa petite volonté » pour entrer dans un dessein plus grand, beaucoup plus grand, qui permet une réunification de l'être en réparant ce qui a été brisé. Il se sauve ainsi du désespoir, et souhaite que ses psaumes en fassent autant pour ses lecteurs.
Les psaumes contemporains de Book of Mercy (Livre de la Miséricorde) chantent la plainte humaine et passionnée d'un homme à son Créateur. Ancrés au coeur du monde moderne, ces poèmes résonnent avec une tradition de dévotion plus ancienne, biblique notamment.
Édition, avant-propos et traduction de l'anglais (Canada) par Alexandra Pleshoyano.
Avant sa mort, survenue le 7 novembre 2016 à Los Angeles, Leonard Cohen a passé de longs mois à reparcourir ses carnets, nombreux et étalés sur des décennies, pour opérer une sélection de textes en bonne part inédits (poèmes, chansons, extraits de ses carnets de notes) qui, accompagnés de dessins marqués par
l'autodérision, composent le livre qu'il décide de laisser à la
postérité, comme un dernier cadeau plein de vie : plein de toute sa vie.
On retrouve bien sûr dans ces pages les thèmes de prédilection de celui qui a commencé sa carrière comme poète et romancier, avant de devenir aussi le musicien mondialement célébré qu'on connaît. Il est question d'amour, de passions, de jalousie et de peur de l'abandon, de flamme jamais éteinte, de sexualité, de relations entre les êtres, du temps qui passe et laisse ses traces, de religion aussi, d'aspiration à la sagesse, d'états dépressifs et mélancoliques toujours teintés d'humour.
Traduit de l'anglais (Canada) par Nicolas Richard
When his fist album was released in 1967, Leonard Cohen was already well known in his native Canada as a poet and novelist, and in the United States as the writer behind Judy Collins' hugely popular recording of 'Suzanne'. With the sucess of the first and through the release of ten more albums, Cohen gained a reputation as a highly literate and daring songwriter. Over the years his status as a cult artist has grown, and in 1988 the release of his album 'I'm Your Man' put Cohen back into the mainstream spotlight. Later, 'The Future' brought him renewed, widespread acclaim and this collection will include lyrics from that album, together with many of his famous classics, such as 'Suzanne', 'Joan of Arc' and 'The Chelsea Hotel'. Stranger Music brings together Cohen's song lyrics and a generous selection of his poetry (originally published between 1956-1992). It is a long overdue celebration of Leonard Cohen's extraordinary gift for language that speaks with rare clarity, passion and timelessness.
One of the best-known experimental novels of the 1960s, @18@Beautiful Losers@19@ is Leonard Cohen@12@ s most defiant and uninhibited work. As imagined by Cohen, hell is an apartment in Montreal, where a bereaved and lust-tormented narrator reconstructs his relations with the dead. In that hell two men and a woman twine impossibly and betray one another again and again. Memory blurs into blasphemous sexual fantasy--and redemption takes the form of an Iroquois saint and virgin who has been dead for 300 years but still has the power to save even the most degraded of her suitors. @16@@16@First published in 1966, @18@Beautiful Losers @19@demonstrates that its author is not only a superb songwriter but also a novelist of visionary power. Funny, harrowing, and fiercely moving, it is a classic erotic tragedy, incandescent in its prose and exhilarating for its risky union of sexuality and faith.
This warm and lyrical semi-autobiographical first novel by singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen charts the coming of age of Lawrence Breavman, the only son of a Jewish Montreal family.
'Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the world is made flesh.'
Lawrence Breavman seeks two things: love and beauty. Beginning with the innocent games of delicious misadventure with first love Lisa and the absorbing wanders through Montreal with best friend Krantz, Breavman's tale is a distant echo of 'Catcher in the Rye' and 'Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' - injected with 1960s aesthetics and Cohen's unique poetry. As Breavman grows into a young man, the emerging writer continues his quest for beauty and love, finding himself in the arms of Shell and a burgeoning realisation of his own talent for appreciating majesty in the grotesque.
Semi-autobiographical, the angst and beauty of Cohen's voice deftly channel the painful confusion of the journey into adulthood, and the friendships, wars and lovers that are our guides.
Book of Longing is Leonard Cohen's first book of new poetry since Book of Mercy was published two decades ago. It collects Cohen's poetry written between the 1980s and the present, and also includes his wonderfully witty and sensuous illustrations, including numerous playful self-portraits. The illustrations interact with, and complement, the poetry in unexpected and fascinating ways. Book of Longing demonstrates the range and depth of Cohen's work, revealing an extraordinary gift of language and visual art that speak with rare clarity, passion and timelessness.
This selection of poems by Leonard Cohen, one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters in the world, is accompanied by twenty-four of his striking and provocative drawings.
Cohen first made his name as a poet more than half a century ago and since then his achievements in poetry and music have made him an internationally revered figure. These fifteen poems, including “Death of a Lady’s Man,” “On Hearing a Name Long Unspoken,” and “The Embrace,” are drawn from across his remarkable career and appear here for the first time with his illustrations. With its lyrical intensity and sensual immediacy, Fifteen Poems offers a potent distillation of the genre-crossing genius of one of the most admired artists of our time.