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A Ballet of Lepers: A Novel and Stories

by Leonard Cohen Author

Most are familiar with Leonard Cohen because of his music. With hits like 'Hallelujah' and 'Suzanne,' Cohen made a name for himself in the music world and became a deeply beloved artist before his death in 2016. But before he was a musician, he was a writer. In A Ballet of Lepers, discover some of Cohen's early work in the form of short fiction, a radio play, and the powerful novel that gives this collection its title. Exploring themes of sexual desire, shame and unworthiness, and longing for love, family, transcendence, and freedom, Cohen himself has said that A Ballet of Lepers is "probably a better novel" than his later and more commonly celebrated book The Favourite Game. For fans of Cohen's music and his lyricism, this book propounds on many of the same themes that permeate his discography, and offers the reader an insightful glimpse into the mind of this musical and literary genius.