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December Book Group - Who by Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai
The author is a reporter and wrote of conflicts from Lebanon to Morocco, Cairo, Moscow, and Washington, D.C., and conflicts in Israel. Friedman has also been a correspondent for the Associated Press. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times; he lives in Jerusalem. This is a little known story of Leonard Cohen’s concert tour to the front lines of the Yom Kippur War. In October, 1973, poet and singer, Cohen, famous, unhappy and at a creative dead end, travelled from his home on the Greek Island, Hydra, to the bloodshed of the Sinai desert. When Egypt attacked Israel on Yom Kippur, he moved around the Front with a guitar and other musicians. The war transformed Cohen. He abandoned his musical career and returned to Hydra and then released one of his best albums. Friedman offers a riveting account of these weeks in Sinai, drawing on Cohen’s previously unpublished writing to create a depiction of a harrowing moment for Israel at war and a singer at a crossroad.

Dec 14, 2022 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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