9780679748250

Beautiful Losers

ISBN 10: 0679748253 / 0-679-74825-3
ISBN 13: 9780679748250
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: 1993
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:
As imagined by Leonard Cohen, hell is an apartment in Montreal, where a bereaved and lust-tormented narrator reconstructs his relations with the dead. In the 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 all of 300 years but still has the power to save even the most degraded of her suitors.
First published in 1996, 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.

Review:
"'Beautiful Losers' is, in some obvious respects, a book fathered by Herzog...Chunks of authentic-sounding documentation about Catherine Tekakwitha, memories of [the scholar's] agonized attempts to move into close union with F. by homosexual means, regret that his determined coupling with Edith never quite brought them close enough, fragments of contemporary politics, are flung at the reader in a thick, pelting shower, and from it emerges both a personal tragedy and a judgment on Canadian life...Mr. Cohen has a real theme, the frightening vacuum of modern Canada and the Canadian's uncertainty as to who he is and where his allegiances lie, both historically and in the present. I hope it will be widely read in spite of all."

John Wain, New York Review of Books, 4/28/66

 

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