A collection of poetry and prose interspersed with lyrics, discursive passages, and diary extracts from the legendary Canadian songwriter-poet First published in 1978, the theme of this insightful and moving poetry collection is love with all its dilemmas. It is largely autobiographical in tone, offering the reader insights into Cohen's private world. From the 1950s and 1960s onward, Cohen's mournful, thought-provoking lyrics and poems have formed the backdrop to the musings of generations; this reissue, following on the huge success of his 2009 concerts, extends the experience to yet more new readers.
"A pure and profane pleasure." Record Collector "
"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 on Beautiful Losers"
"Book of Longing has exceptional range. It is clear yet steamy, cosmic yet private, both playful and profound." New York Times on Book of Longing"