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Leonard Cohen: The Man Who Saw the Angels Fall/Virtual Author Talk with Christophe Lebold

Wednesday, September 11 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a virtual event with Christophe Lebold, to discuss his new book, Leonard Cohen: The Man Who Saw the Angels Fall. This event will be moderated by Amy Weiss, Director, Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, and Tina Panik, Avon Library.

About the book:

Leonard Cohen: The Man Who Saw the Angels Fall follows the singer’s cosmopolitan life from Montreal and New York to the Greek island of Hydra and examines his perpetual dialogues with himself, God, and avalanches.

We see how six decades of radiant pessimism and a few thousand nights in hotel rooms transformed a young Jewish poet who longed to be a saint into an existentialist troubadour in love with women and a gravelly-voiced crooner who taught a thousand ways of dissolving into love.

After more than two decades of research and travels, Christophe Lebold, who befriended the poet and spent time with him in Los Angeles, delivers a stimulating analysis of Cohen’s life and art. Gracefully blending biography and essay, he interrogates the mission Cohen set out for himself: to show us that darkness is just the flip side of light.

Christophe Lebold is associate professor at the University of Strasbourg (France), where he teaches literature, performance studies, and rock culture. A fan and friend of Leonard Cohen, he has traveled extensively in the poet’s tracks. Also a theater actor and student of Zen, he likes poets, cats, and — in a good mood — all sentient beings.

Please register; Zoom links will be sent out before the event.

Co-sponsored by the Avon Library and Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies.


Wednesday, September 11
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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