Leonard Cohen On a Wire

A Leonard Cohen graphic novel is on the way

The book is being published just ahead of the five-year anniversary of Cohen’s death.

This autumn, Drawn & Quarterly will release a graphic novel about the life and times of Leonard Cohen. Written by Philippe Girard, the book is being described as a “comic biography.”

The original French version of the book (titled Leonard Cohen sur un fil, published in April) was translated into English by Helge Dascher and Karen Houle. Reviews of Leonard Cohen On a Wire have been stellar thus far. Rolling Stone notes that the book was written “with great sensitivity” and is a fitting tribute from one Quebecer from another.

Leonard Cohen On a Wire begins in Los Angeles, with the singer on his deathbed. Readers are then taken on a trip into his past, revisiting crucial moments in the singer-songwriter’s life.

Speaking to CBC Montreal last year, Girard highlighted the important role that the city plays in his graphic novel.

“It’s Leonard Cohen at the end of his work day, probably at night, heading home like any other working Montrealer, not in a limousine or a helicopter, but on foot, walking the streets of his city.”

Philippe Girard graphic novel Leonard Cohen On a Wire

For more about this and other Drawn & Quarterly titles, please visit the publisher’s website.


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