Leonard Norman Cohen was a singer, songwriter, poet, and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, depression, sexuality, loss, death and romantic relationships.
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The Dice Man
Change your life by rolling the dice. That's the philosophy that transforms the existence of a bored psychiatrist in The Dice Man - a cult classic that subverts norms and challenges readers to take risks. With its entertaining mix of humor, horror and shock, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to shake things up. Let the dice decide your fate and see where it takes you.
I loved that book very much, as a wonderful escapist idea. I think you’re kind of stuck with who you are and that’s what you’re dealing with. That’s the hand that you’ve been dealt. To escape from the burden of decision is a delightful notion…but nothing more. – source
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Looking for a Bible that is perfect for commemorating important milestones in life? The ESV Gift and Award Bible is a great choice. With its gold-stained edges, rounded corners, and two stylish color choices, this Bible is sure to be cherished for years to come. Its features include introductions to each book, 7-point type with the words of Christ in red, and a double-column paragraph format. The English Standard Version is known for its word-for-word accuracy, literary excellence, and depth of meaning, making it a great resource for personal reading, private devotions, and teaching. Trustworthy and developed by over 100 leading Bible scholars and teachers, this Bible is truly a treasure for life.
The Bible was not forced on me, I received it like honey, and I found all the stories equally beautiful, from the Creation to the Apocalypse. – source
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A groundbreaking feminist book, Intercourse sparked heated debates and inspired activism when it was first published in 1987. In it, the author argues that in a male-dominated society, sex between men and women is a tool of oppression. The book's provocative message earned its author the nickname "Feminism's Malcolm X." This 20th-anniversary edition has been reissued for a new generation to contemplate Dworkin's idea that women's sexuality is central to their subordination to men. The author's stance may be controversial, but her ferocious intellect and passionate ideals make it impossible to ignore her words.
The whole range of arguments in that book is quite radical and complex and beautiful. It’s the first book I’ve read by an author, masculine or feminine, that has a defiance of the situation, which is deeply subversive in the holy sense – it’s other-worldly. – source
The Collected Poems
A Bilingual Edition (Revised)
Explore the complete poetical work of one of the most influential modernist writers in the world, Federico García Lorca. This revised edition, edited by a leading García Lorca scholar, delves into the complex and charismatic figure's exploration of nature, personal identity, sex, childhood, and death. With powerful imagery and unforgettable poems, García Lorca's work remains a significant contribution to Spanish and world literature.
I was fifteen when I began to read Federico Garcia Lorca. His poems perhaps have had the greatest influence on my texts. He summoned up a world where I felt at home. His images were sensual and mysterious. – source
"Dubliners" by James Joyce offers a vivid portrayal of the life of Dublin's poorer classes, exploring unconventional themes, coarse language, and real-life people and places. Although initially unpublished due to squeamishness, the masterful dissection of "dear dirty Dublin" and the moments of revelation make this youthful fiction a true literary classic. This collection will give readers a glimpse into the moral history of Ireland and the universal human experience.
That paragraph. It’s not the work of an author, but maybe five lines. It’s those five lines that will get me reluctantly to explore the rest of the guy’s work. But that paragraph I’ve never forgotten. There’s that paragraph ‘Snow was general all over Ireland.’ It described the snow. It’s Montreal. It’s our snow, our black iron gates in Montreal. It was perfect. – source
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Complete Workouts For Body, Mind, And Soul
Improve your Mental Fitness with this insightful guide! Discover how to strengthen your body from the inside out with exercises that promote relaxation, better posture, concentration and meditation. This book is your key to achieving a healthy, focused and centered mind.
This workbook may not solve the Burning Issues of Your Life, but you sure as hell can save yourself a lot of trouble by looking into it…She has made some important matters wonderfully clear, and every page is informed by a sweet concern for the well-being of her reader. – source