Hermosos perdedores / Beautiful Losers

Leonard Cohen

Hermosos perdedores / Beautiful Losers
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Hermosos perdedores / Beautiful Losers

Leonard Cohen

Una novela que sirve de hoja de ruta para recorrer los senderos de la maravillosa mente creativa de Leonard Cohen. El protagonista de Hermosos perdedores solo ha amado a tres personas en su vida, y las tres estan muertas. Estableciendo un torrido pero tambien sofocante triangulo pasional, Leonard Cohen retrata la red de una obsesion amorosa que orbita alrededor de la personalidad de Catherine Takakwitha, una laica catolica del siglo XVII que acabo convertida en santa. Esta figura mistica se une a los otros dos personajes centrales de la trama, recientemente fallecidos y que el autor no puede sino invocar: Edith, su esposa, y su gran amigo F. Leonard Cohen se consolido como escritor con esta novela, que constituye un inmenso collage donde cada pieza explota en infinitas reminiscencias. Ensamblando con inaudita facilidad dialogos absurdos y escenas surreales con los mas bellos fragmentos liricos, Hermosos perdedores es una obra carnal que utiliza la sensualidad como el mejor puente para acceder a la sabiduria mas elevada. Un esplendido texto que aborda todos los temas y obsesiones que marcaron la genesis de Cohen como artista, lo que hace de esta obra un atlas imprescindible de su universo particular. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION One of the best-known experimental novels of the 1960s, Beautiful Losers is Leonard Cohen' s most defiant and uninhibited work. As imagined by Cohen, hell is an apartment in Montreal, where a bereaved and lust-tormented narrator reconstructs his relations with the dead. In that hell two men and a woman twine impossibly and betray one another again and again. Memory blurs into blasphemous sexual fantasy–and redemption takes the form of an Iroquois saint and virgin who has been dead for 300 years but still has the power to save even the most degraded of her suitors. First published in 1966, Beautiful Losers demonstrates that its author is not only a superb songwriter but also a novelist of visionary power. Funny, harrowing, and fiercely moving, it is a classic erotic tragedy, incandescent in its prose and exhilarating for its risky union of sexuality and faith.

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