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The third novel

Post by peter danielsen » Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:08 pm

I understand that Leonard Cohen wrote a third novel which he withdrew in the last moment. Any one heard of this?
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Re: The third novel

Post by peter danielsen » Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:53 am

I have the idea from the book "Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen" edited by Jeff Burger.
In this book it says: "He´s spent the last two years working on another novel, but withdrew it from his publishers at the last moment[This reference is apparently to an attemtempted third novel. Cohen had already followed the Favorite Game with Beautiful Losers, his second novel, ten years before this interview,-Ed]
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Re: The third novel

Post by bigdee » Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:49 am

He did write an unpublished first novel "The Ballad of Lepers" in 1958 before "The Favorite Game" and "Beautiful Losers". Maybe that is the 3rd novel you are referring to? The manuscript of it is viewable at The University of Toronto's Leonard Cohen Archive. Some mentions of it can be found in the links below:

https://www.leonardcohenforum.com/viewt ... rs#p298281

https://www.leonardcohenforum.com/viewt ... ers#p88673
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Re: The third novel

Post by peter danielsen » Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:19 am

No this is a novel written after that
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Re: The third novel

Post by Christiane » Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:56 pm

Peter, you are right. LC had written a third novel in the seventies. It was mainly about his relationship with Suzanne and he didn't publish it because he thought it was embarrassing and hurting for some people he had mentioned in the novel. At least that's the story he once told in an interview.
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Re: The third novel

Post by peter danielsen » Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:45 am

Thanks Christiane
Maybe we could hope for it to be published later
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