Who by Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai

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Spiegel & Grau
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5.8 X 8.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author
Matti Friedman is an award-winning journalist and author. Born in Toronto and based in Jerusalem, he writes frequently for The Atlantic, The Free Press, and Smithsonian, and has been an op-ed columnist for the New York Times and an AP correspondent. Friedman's last book, Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel, won the 2019 Natan Prize. Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story of a Forgotten War was chosen in 2016 as a New York Times Notable Book and one of Amazon's 10 best books of the year. His first book, The Aleppo Codex, won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize and the ALA's Sophie Brody Medal.
"A fascinating and intense account of Leonard Cohen's time in Israel during the 19-day Yom Kippur War of 1973. A must for any Leonard Cohen completist, with excerpts from his unpublished manuscripts from that time. Soulful and thoughtfully done."--Suzanne Vega "WHO BY FIRE is a stunning resurrection of a moment in the life of Leonard Cohen and the history of Israel. It's the story of a young artist in crisis and a young country at war, and the powerful resonance of the chord struck between them. A beautiful, haunting book." --Nicole Krauss "A short, symphonic book of remarkable stories of yearning, love, and war, whose leitmotif is a haunted artist bearing secret chords that enchant the world." --Rabbi David Wolpe "Matti Friedman excels at finding the great significance in forgotten things: forgotten manuscripts, forgotten wars, forgotten spies. In this account of Leonard Cohen's forgotten concert tour during the Yom Kippur War, not only is a hidden side of Cohen revealed but so too a hidden side of Israel. WHO BY FIRE is a book about the change that happens when you come through the flames." --David Bezmozgis"Friedman illuminates in this fascinating tale an extraordinary chapter in the career of singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) that left a lasting impact on the state of Israel. ... This demonstration of the power of song will stun fans of the legendary artist." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Compelling .... Cohen fans will savor this little-known footnote in the singer's life." --Kirkus Reviews

Compelling... . [Friedman] beautifully ties together ideas about the author's craft, identity, and connection to Israel.... A brief, audacious, thorough book turning ... a dream world unconventionally and surprisingly real." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A word-of-mouth treasure.... Offers vital insight into Cohen's trajectory as a songwriter and the scope of his work." -City Journal
"An important hybrid work of music and war reporting." -Mitchell Kaplan, Boca Magazine