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Beautiful Losers
     

Beautiful Losers

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by Leonard Cohen
 

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One of the best-known experimental novels of the 1960s, Beautiful Losers is Leonard Cohen’ 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

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One of the best-known experimental novels of the 1960s, Beautiful Losers is Leonard Cohen’ 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.

First published in 1966, Beautiful Losers 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.

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"Gorgeously written. . . . One comes out of it having seen terrible and beautiful visions." --The New York Times

"Leaves one gasping for breath as well as suitable words. . . . Cohen is a powerful, poetic writer." --Dallas Times-Herald

"Brilliant, explosive, a fountain of talent. . . . James Joyce is not dead. . . . He lives in Montreal under the name of Cohen. . . writing from the point of view of Henry Miller." --Boston Sunday Herald

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679748250
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1993
Edition description:
1st Vintage Books ed
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
97,280
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.55(d)

Meet the Author

Leonard Cohen’s artistic career began in 1956 with the publication of his first book of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies. He has published two novels, The Favourite Game and Beautiful Losers, and eleven books of poetry, most recently Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs, Book of Longing,and Leonard Cohen: Poems and Songs. He has to date released fourteen studio albums, the most recent of which, You Want It Darker, was released in 2016. Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, and was awarded the Glenn Gould Prize in 2011. Mr. Cohen died in 2016.

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Beautiful Losers 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The narrator aches with sadness but is oblivious to it.His heart is a broken mess left over from the death of his two closest friends and lovers.He can only escape their too-close deaths by exploring the death and life of an algonquin saint that died hundreds of years before. He also explores the pain and sadness through lonely and lustful dreams of rape and sex-toys and bodily fluids and the beauty and ugliness in all of those things. In the end there is no resolve or completeness, just the madness that remains after God takes your love away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a masterpiece, in every sense of the word. Mr. Cohen creates an ambiance of truly desperate and lonely people, where the only person who makes any sense is completely insane. 'Let's be other people'...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is strange, bizarre, but BEAUTIFUL. A novel like no other.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is like no other. the way its written, the plot, the characters, everything. its an tattoo in a Gap-ad. the book, although sickening at times, forced me to keep on reading. its a book that can be interepretted in many ways. a pointless book that has a theme.
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