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Let Us Compare Mythologies

by (author) Leonard Cohen

Publisher
McClelland & Stewart
Initial publish date
Oct 2018
Category
Canadian, General, Love
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780771024535
    Publish Date
    Oct 2018
    List Price
    $18.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780771022364
    Publish Date
    Jun 2006
    List Price
    $17.99

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Published in 1956 to immediate acclaim, Leonard Cohen’s first published book contains poems written between the ages of fifteen and twenty.

Now, new generations of readers will rediscover not only the early, though no less accomplished and passionate, work of one of our most beloved writers, but poetry that resonates loudly with relevance today.

About the author

Contributor Notes

LEONARD COHEN's artistic career began in 1956 with the publication of his first book of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies. He published two novels, The Favourite Game and Beautiful Losers, and ten previous books of poetry, including Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs and Book of Longing. During a recording career that spanned almost fifty years, he released fourteen studio albums, the last 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 Prince of Asturias Award for Literature and the Glenn Gould Prize in 2011. He died on November 7, 2016.

Excerpt: Let Us Compare Mythologies (by (author) Leonard Cohen)

POEM
I heard of a man
who says words so beautifully
that if he only speaks their name
women give themselves to him.

If I am dumb beside your body
while silence blossoms like tumours on our lips
it is because I hear a man climb stairs
and clear his throat outside our door.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Leonard Cohen:

"After decades of music and poetry and his two novels and his rightful ascent to the top of the pantheon of artistry (Canadian or otherwise), Cohen still felt relevant and vital. Who better to keep us laughing bitterly through the lonely night? There were so few like him." —Globe and Mail

"A pop hero, he's probably the first Canadian poet of any age to achieve geunine fame abroad as well as at home." —Toronto Star

"He has a European sensibility, and he dovetails it with his jet-setting internationalism; always with a slight political undercurrent buzzing through. The poetry has this sort of free-floating world view and I love his use of image and turns of phrase, the meaning and the paradoxes that go along with being alive." —Fred Wah, National Post

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Flowers for Hitler

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Parasites of Heaven

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Death of a Lady's Man

by (author) Leonard Cohen

The Energy of Slaves

by (author) Leonard Cohen

The Spice-Box of Earth

by (author) Leonard Cohen

Book of Mercy

by (author) Leonard Cohen

Book of Longing

by (author) Leonard Cohen

Writing the Terrain

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