‘Leonard of Shahyar’ delves into Cohen’s poetry
Publish Date : Tuesday 21 November 2017 - 17:25
IBNA– The book ‘Leonard of Shahyar’, by celebrated Iranian lyricist Shahyar Ghanbari on the life and work of the legendary Canadian poet, singer and writer is released by Negah Publishing.
According to IBNA
correspondent, the book also features several Cohen
’s poems translated by Ghanbari
based on his impression of the Canadian poet’s works.
Leonard Cohen is one of the most influential singers and songhot bad needswriters of the world who has many fans in Iran too. However, not much is said about him. This book serves as a bridge to the world of this genius of art and music and can offer a new face of this artistic figure to the audience.
In the introduction to this work, Ghanbari writes: “London, autumn 1979. I went to visit this great poet and singer. He had arrived with the Passenger band and an album titled ‘New Songs’. I loved his songs since I was 15. He was the one who made me taste the sweetness of lyrics. I felt like composing with him and then with [Federico García] Lorca
“The fans of Cohen’s lives have refreshed, their moods have changed as they grew older since 1968, with songs like ‘Suzanne’, ‘So long Marianne’, ‘Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye’, ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’, ‘The future’, ‘Bird On a Wire’ and ‘You Want It Darker’.”
‘Leonard of Shahyar’ is published in 128 pages with a print run of 1000 copies by Negah Publishing in Tehran.