Axel, Marianne, Leonard

For all Leonard Cohen fans, this is a fascinating story of his younger days in a beautiful Greek Island.


Das Wort normal verursacht mir Erstickungsqualen. Ich muss an andere unheimliche Worte denken wie gemeinsamer Nenner oder Lochkarte.
Axel Jensen „Ikaros“

The word normal makes me suffocate. It reminds me on other eery words like common denominator or punchcard.

Könnt ihr euch an Leonard Cohens Song „So long, Marianne“ erinnern?
Do you remember “So Long, Marianne” by Leonard Cohen?

Drei Jahre zuvor (1964) hatte Cohen seinen viel beachteten Gedichtband „Flowers for Hitler“ nicht nur dieser Marianne gewidmet, sondern in ihm auch zwei Gedichte „For Marianne“ und „Waiting for Marianne“ aufgenommen. Wer war diese Marianne?

Cohen had dedicated his much discussed book of lyrics “Flowers for Hitler” three year before that song, but not only that, you find in this book two  poems “For Marianne” and “Waiting for Marianne”. Who was this Marianne?

Marianne war die Freundin und spätere Frau des norwegischen Autors Axel Jensen, die heute in…

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dina
    Jul 25, 2015 @ 10:49:11

    Dear Joan,
    Your reblog is highly appreciated, thank you!very much 🙂
    I listened to a radio interview and saw Marianne in Norway at a Cohen concert last year. It’s interesting to see, Leonard is in a wonderful way ageless, aging with grace, still looking extremely handsome, his voice is still the old seductive, he’s slim and energetic, loving his work and performing at 80+.
    Marianne has in a way lost the magic flair, sie lives very private, she looks her age, is overweight, has breathing and walking problems and could be any woman her age.
    Lots of love from Norway, Dina

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