Trav­el­ing light

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY MARIA KATSOUNAKI

scribe a sim­i­lar feel­ing: “I’m leaving the ta­ble / I’m out of the game.” When it comes to great cre­ative peo­ple, farewells are very tough as their ab­sence is some­times felt even more strongly than their pres­ence. Per­haps this is be­cause that’s when we re­al­ize that ev­ery­thing we con­sider to be a given is not quite so. Amid the freez­ing cold sen­ti­ment that spread around the world fol­low­ing Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion in the United States, at a time of ex­pand­ing na­tional pop­ulism, which leads to di­vi­sion and an en­vi­ron­ment of civil strife, ex­haust­ing cries and fear, Cohen’s voice calls on us to take a step back. He calls on us to do some think­ing, to rec­ol­lect – but not in a nos­tal­gic way. In an in­ter­view pub­lished in Kathimerini last month, his son, Adam Cohen, noted the fol­low­ing: “One of the main rea­sons why my fa­ther is dif­fer­ent from his con­tem­po­raries – the golden era where he comes from – is that he speaks from his cur­rent po­si­tion, at the end of his life and ca­reer. He never re­works old recipes.” Leonard Cohen never came across as some­one who was nos­tal­gic, nor did he ever re­visit the past. Trav­el­ing light through time, he bids

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