Beautiful Losers by LEONARD COHEN

Beautiful Losers

byLEONARD COHENAfterword byStan Dragland

Mass Market Paperback | February 1, 1991

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One of the best-known experimental novels of the 1960s, Beautiful Losers is Cohen’s most defiant and uninhibited work. The novel centres upon the hapless members of a love triangle united by their sexual obsessions and by their fascination with Catherine Tekakwitha, the 17th-century Mohawk saint.

By turns vulgar, rhapsodic, and viciously witty, Beautiful Losers explores each character’s attainment of a state of self-abandonment, in which the sensualist cannot be distinguished from the saint.

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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 U...
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Title:Beautiful LosersFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 6.97 × 4.25 × 0.6 inPublished:February 1, 1991Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771098758

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Leonard Cohen’s Beautiful Losers is perhaps the best-known experimental novel of 1960s Canadian literature. It is the complex tale of a trio united by their sexual obsessions and fascination with Catherine Tekakwitha, a 17th-century Mohawk saint. The narrator, his wife Edith and their friend F are caught in their own passions in this poetic yet brutal novel.

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“Fuses sexuality with spirituality… mystical and profane, poetic and obscene … an invitation to play Russian roulette with a phallic pistol.”–Kirkus Reviews“Cohen is a writer of terrific energy and colour, a Rabelaisian comic and a visualizer of memorable scenes.”–London Observer (U.K.)“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“A fantasied eroticism which is wildly funny.… An exciting book.”–Sunday Times (U.K.)“The literary counterpart of Hair on the stage and Easy Rider on the screen.”–Daily Telegraph (U.K.)“Leaves one gasping for breath as well as suitable words.… Cohen is a powerful, poetic writer.”–Dallas Times Herald