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The Flame
Poems and Selections From Notebooks
By (author): Leonard Cohen
9780771024412 Hardcover English General Trade POETRY / Canadian Oct 02, 2018
$32.95 CAD
Active 6.3 x 9.3 x 1 in 288 pages B&W DRAWINGS THROUGHOUT McClelland & Stewart
The final work from Leonard Cohen, Canada’s most celebrated poet and an artist whose audience spans generations and whose work is known and loved throughout the world.

The Flame is a stunning collection of Leonard Cohen’s last poems, selected and ordered by the author in the final months of his life. Featuring lyrics, prose pieces, and illustrations, the book also contains an extensive selection from Cohen’s notebooks, which he kept in poetic form throughout his life, and offers an unprecedentedly intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist and thinker.

An enormously powerful final chapter in Cohen’s storied literary career, The Flame showcases the full range of Leonard Cohen’s lyricism, from the exquisitely transcendent to the darkly funny. By turns devastatingly sad and winningly strange, these are the works of a poet and lyricist who set out to explore our darkest questions and came back wanting, yearning for more.

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING EVENT: McClelland & Stewart will lead the charge. The release of this posthumous illustrated collection marks a major publishing event globally. Publishing partners are: U.S (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and U.K. (Canongate).

FOR FANS: This is a gift for Cohen’s avid book-buying audience, which spans generations. It is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to connect with and celebrate Cohen’s body of work and legacy as an artist.

BOLD VISION FOR BACKLIST PUBLICATIONS: Simultaneous with the publication of this incredibly special illustrated book of poems, we are re-issuing refreshed editions of Cohen’s previous works. This collectible series will satisfy Cohen’s devoted audience and ensure that his works continue to occupy a unique space in the public imagination.

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.

Author Hometown: Montreal, QC

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Extensive review mailing targeting outlets such as Zoomer Magazines, Chatelaine, Flare, GLobe & Mail, Canadian Press, CBC Books, BuzzFeed, VICE 

Praise for Leonard Cohen:

“He’s shown an uncanny knack for expressing the changing zeitgeist.”—Toronto Star

“Tenderness may have replaced passion, but Cohen’s ability to capture this shift makes it poignant and meaningful…. Cohen has taken what his friend Irving Layton called ’the inescapable lousiness of growing old’ and has given it, in its waning days, a profound romantic dignity.”—Montreal Gazette

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