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Beautiful Losers


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Leonard Cohen is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist. His first book of poetry, 'Let Us Compare Mythologies', was published in 1956 and his first novel, the semi-autobiographical 'The Favourite Game', in 1963. Cohen has recorded numerous albums and published several books of poetry and an experimental novel, 'Beautiful Losers' (1966). Cohen lives in Montreal, Canada.


Dubbed ``an unstructured, free-form, irreverent novel'' ( LJ 4/1/66) by LJ 's reviewer, Beautiful Losers seemed too strange even for the Sixties. Nevertheless, the book went on to become a cult hit, selling more than 400,000 copies before going out of print. The novel is now being reissued to coincide with the upcoming publication of Cohen's Stranger Music. With its gay relationships, homages to Canadian Native Americans, and search for the meaning of life, this may now find wider acceptance in the mainstream. For public libraries.

'A fantasied eroticism which is wildly funny...An exciting book.' Sunday Times

'The literary counterpart of "Hair" on the stage and "Easy Rider" on the screen.' Daily Telegraph

'The most vivid, fascinating and brave modern novel I have read.' Michael Ondaatje

'Gorgeously written...one comes out of it having seen terrible and beautiful visions.' New York Times

'Brilliant, explosive, a fountain of talent...James Joyce is not dead...he lives under the name of Cohen...writing from the point of view of Henry Miller.' Boston Herald

'Fuses sexuality with spirituality...mystical and profane, poetic and obscene...an invitation to play Russian roulette with a phallic pistol.' Kirkus Reviews

'Cohen assaults the reader with words, images, pyrotechnics and love. It's a raging, poetic, highly personal and eminently readable book.' Toronto Star

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