Leonard Cohen deserves any prize, award or accolade he receives. He achieves perfection more than any other writer I am familiar with. I take note that he was chosen over Alice Munro and Ian McEwan, who themselves reach perfection more than most. What a dinner party that would be, though I don't know if any of them are particularly talkative. And I wouldn't have questions - I wouldn't know what to ask. I wouldn't even expect him to sing for his supper. What a sublime trio from which to choose. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Leonard Cohen Wins Spanish Letters Prize
Oviedo – Canadian poet and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen was named Wednesday as this year's recipient of Spain's Prince of Asturias Award for letters for "emotional imagery in which poetry and music are fused in an oeuvre of immutable merit."
The jury in this northwestern Spanish city also noted that the 76-year-old artist's body of literary work "has influenced three generations of people worldwide."
He beat out countrywoman and short-story writer Alice Munro and English novelist Ian McEwan, who were also among the 32 original candidates to be selected as finalists.
Cohen, a native of Montreal who also was a candidate this year for the Prince of Asturias Award for the arts, which was won by Italian conductor Riccardo Muti, is the author of the poetry collections "Flowers for Hitler," "Parasites of Heaven" and "Let Us Compare Mythologies," inspired by Spanish poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca.
He also has written novels such as "The Favorite Game" and "The Beautiful Losers."
"The passing of time, sentimental relationships, the mystical traditions of the East and the West and life sung as an unending ballad make up a body of work associated with certain moments of decisive change at the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st century," the jury said.