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Beautiful Losers is a novel by Leonard Cohen. Published in 1966 by McClelland and Stewart, it was the Canadian novelist-poet's second novel, and precedes his career as a singer-songwriter. It is noted as being perhaps Cohen's most defiant and uninhibited work, and is also one of the best-known experimental novels to be published during the 1960s. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (500x788, 60 KB) Cover of Leonard Cohens book Beautiful Losers. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (500x788, 60 KB) Cover of Leonard Cohens book Beautiful Losers. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative in prose. ... Leonard Norman Cohen, CC (born September 21, 1934 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian poet, novelist, and singer-songwriter. ... See also: 1965 in literature, other events of 1966, 1967 in literature, list of years in literature. ... McClelland and Stewart is a Canadian publishing company. ... The Chinese poem Quatrain on Heavenly Mountain by Emperor Gaozong (Song Dynasty) Poetry (from the Greek , poiesis, making or creating) is a form of art in which language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its ostensible meaning. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ...


Beautiful Losers was one of the selected novels in the 2005 edition of Canada Reads, where it was originally to be read by singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, though tour commitments meant that Wainright had to be replaced by singer Molly Johnson. // Events February 25 - Canada Reads selects Rockbound by Frank Parker Day as the novel to be read across the nation. ... Canada Reads is an annual battle of the books competition organized and broadcast by Canadas public broadcaster, the CBC. Overview During Canada Reads, five personalities champion five different books, each champion extolling the merits of one of the titles over a series of five programs. ... Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright (born July 22, 1973) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... Molly Johnson is a Canadian jazz singer. ...


Plot

At the centre of the novel are the members of a love triangle, united by their obsessions and fascination with a mythic seventeenth-century Mohawk blessed, Tekakwitha. The triangle is made up of the unnamed narrator, an authority on the vanishing A------ tribe, his wife Edith, one of the last surviving members of the tribe, and their maniacal and domineering friend, F. A love triangle refers to a romantic relationship involving three people. ... The Mohawk (Kanienkeh or Kanienkehaka meaning People of the Flint) are an indigenous people of North America who live around Lake Ontario and the St. ... In Catholicism, beatification (from Latin beatus, blessed, via Greek μακαριος, makarios) is a recognition accorded by the church of a dead persons accession to Heaven and capacity to intercede on behalf of individuals who pray in their name (intercession of saints). ... Tekakwitha (otherwise known as Lily of the Mohawks, Katherine Tekakwitha, or Kateri Tekakwitha) (1656 - 1680) was a Mohawk religious leader. ...


The novel is sometimes vulgar, sometimes rhapsodic, and sometimes bitingly witty, as it explores the particular brand of self-abandonment each character adopts, whereby the sensualist becomes indistinguishable from the saint. Comical, disturbing, and fiercely moving, Beautiful Losers is a Canadian literature classic. How to describe the literature of a nation is often debatable, and is also in natural flux throughout the nations history, so this beginners guide to Canadian literature will offer links to as many actual Canadian authors as possible so the reader can weigh what is being said...


References

  • Eugene Benson and William Toye, eds. The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, Second Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1997: 220-221. ISBN 0-19-541167-6
  • Canada Reads 2005

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Beautiful Losers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (187 words)
Beautiful Losers is a novel by Leonard Cohen.
Beautiful Losers was one of the selected novels in the 2005 edition of Canada Reads, where it was originally to be read by singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, though tour commitments meant that Wainright had to be replaced by singer Molly Johnson.
At the centre of the novel are the members of a love triangle, united by their obsessions and fascination with a mythic seventeenth-century Mohawk blessed, Tekakwitha.
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I'm back in NYC after one of those super quick, sickness inducing trips to LA to check in on the post-production of on Beautiful Losers, and while I was airborne yesterday another one of Sidetrack's babies,...
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The Beautiful Losers had an album's worth of songs recorded and CDs ready to be printed.
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