First Edition of the novel which "introduced postmodernism into Canadian literature" Beautiful Losers; Signed by Leonard Cohen
Item Number: 1967
New York: Viking Press, 1966.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Leonard Cohen on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket.
Beautiful Losers is an expression of the 1960's. Leonard Cohen wrote it while fasting and consuming amphetamines to focus his creativity. The product is a complex novel that uses a range of literary techniques, allusions, and symbolism (Adria, 1990). It is noted for its excesses of language and sexuality, and it is filled with the mysticism and drug-use that is emblematic of the era (Goldie, 2003). In a similar manner, the plot is not a linear, coherent progression. Key scenes repeat themselves, and there is no intelligible timeline. Beautiful Loser's gained great popularity when Cohen turned from writer to popular singer-songwriter, and it is remembered for having introduced postmodernism to the Canadian literary canon.