Leonard Cohen (1934–2016) was an international cult figure, transcending genres and generations. Born in Montreal, Quebec, he was a consummate artist – a writer, singer, musician, poet, painter – the need to celebrate and investigate the human condition paramount in all his work.
Over the course of his career he released twenty-six albums, filled books with soul-searching poetry and prose (including The Spice Box Of Earth and Book Of Longing) and wrote two novels (The Favourite Game, Beautiful Losers). He was also a rare painter, of wit and beauty.
In 2003 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. He won Grammy, Juno and Brit Awards, as well as the Glenn Gould Prize and Prix Denise-Pelletier. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and, in 2010, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012 he was given the inaugural PEN New England Song Lyrics Award for Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence.
An ordained Rinzai Buddhist monk since 1996, Leonard Cohen spent a lifetime asking questions, searching for answers. Here, gathered in one beautiful volume, are his lyrics prefaced with an introduction by his long-time friend, Malka Marom, and the transcripts of an extraordinary interview he gave to her in 1974.