Francis Mus

Title De demonen van Leonard Cohen
Author Francis Mus
Country & Year Belgium 2015
Publisher Lannoo, Belgium
Pages 296
Notes ISBN 9789401422727
Text in Dutch.
Summary "‘Leonard Cohen, who are you?’ – that is the opening question of The Demons of Leonard Cohen, an essay on the work of Canada’s most famous songwriter, musician, poet, novelist and visual artist. Every artistic expression is connected to the life of its maker, be it really experienced or dreamed. Based on this insight, seven themes are lifted from Cohen’s work: public persona, artistic practice, alienation, desire and loss, religion, power, and encounter. These seven approaches offer an answer to the question who Leonard Cohen is and how he puts himself on the line in his work: the battle with the merciless gaze of the other, the artist in search of himself, his fundamental loneliness, the priest and believer within Cohen, impotence and the drive for power, etc. Time and again, Cohen tries to mend or come to terms with the brokenness he finds within himself and in the world around him. This is a tall order, and in doing so he involves everyone: himself, his audience, his loved ones, God. In these interactions something of who he is becomes visible. Cohen does not so much advance in his lifelong quest as dig deeper into his obsessions. The Demons of Leonard Cohen is neither yet another biography nor a sterile analysis but a thorough interpretation based on the artist’s musical, literary and graphic work, complemented by unpublished documents as well as interviews with musicians, collaborators and other privileged witnesses.

Francis Mus (1983) works as a research assistant at the Department of Literature of the University of Leuven, Belgium."

Thanks to Francis Mus for the information