A Ballet of Lepers

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An uncovered novel from the world's greatest lyricist Leonard Cohen.

In A Ballet of Lepers Leonard Cohen explores themes that would come to permeate his later works - shame stemming from feelings of unworthiness; sexual desire, in all its sacred and profane dimensions; and longing, whether it be for love, family, freedom or transcendence. A haunting examination of these elements in tandem, this novel and stories are about toxic relationships and the lengths we go to maintain them.

Meditative and surprising, A Ballet of Lepers offers a playful, provocative and penetrating glimpse into the world-weary lives of Cohen's characters, and a window into the early art of a storytelling master.

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ISBN: 9781838858995
A&U Canongate
Publication date:
18 Oct 2022
Trade Paperback
Pages: 272