Item #8912 Beautiful Losers. Leonard Cohen.
Beautiful Losers

Beautiful Losers

New York: The Viking Press, 1966. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth, spine stamped in silver and gilt, top edge gray, original black and lime illustrated dust jacket.

"In Montréal spring is like an autopsy. Everyone wants to see the inside of the frozen mammoth. Girls rip off their sleeves and the flesh is sweet and white, like wood under green bark." First edition of revered Canadian poet and singer-songwriter Cohen's second novel, a symbolist fever-dream that unfolds across two time streams: the first concerns a historical Mohawk woman of the 17th-century who converts to Christianity, while the second details the lurid, present-day ménage between a folklorist, his suicidal wife, and a Québécois secessionist politician. Cohen famously wrote the novel during a series of amphetamine-fueled jags on the Greek island of Hydra, where he had a house at the time. Dust jacket designed by Gilda Kuhlman, who worked as art director for New Directions Publishers. (Precedes the first Canadian edition.) Light foxing to endpapers; unclipped dust jacket with light wear to spine-ends and edges. Near fine. Item #8912


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