KW-22-2020: Buch-Tip: #Polly_Samson, Frau des #Pink_Floyd-Gitarristen #David_Gilmour schreibt Buch über #Hydra, teilweise in Anlehnung an Leonard Cohen : A Theatre For Dreamers

Polly Samson heiratre 1994 den Gitarristen und Sänger David Gilmour von Pink Floyd. 

A Theatre for Dreamers:

By Polly Samson


  • Taschenbuch: 368 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bloomsbury Circus; Auflage: 01 (2. April 2020)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1526600560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1526600561


An intoxicating novel set on Leonard Cohen’s Hydra in 1960, a place and a bohemian society that has captivated the world for decades


1960. The world is dancing on the edge of revolution, and nowhere more so than on the Greek island of Hydra, where a circle of poets, painters and musicians live tangled lives, ruled by the writers Charmian Clift and George Johnston, troubled king and queen of bohemia. Forming within this circle is a triangle: its points the magnetic, destructive writer Axel Jensen, his dazzling wife Marianne Ihlen, and a young Canadian poet named Leonard Cohen. Into their midst arrives teenage Erica, with little more than a bundle of blank notebooks and her grief for her mother. Settling on the periphery of this circle, she watches, entranced and disquieted,


A surefire summer hit … Feels at once like a gift and an escape route … At once a blissful piece of escapism and a powerful meditation on art and sexuality – just the book to bring light into these dark days (Observer)

Samson is magnificently in control of her subject … Clever and beguiling (Guardian)

Samson is an intensely sensual writer, conjuring up blue skies, the tang of wild herbs, the vivid splash of bougainvillea … As good as a Greek holiday, and may be the closest we get this year (Financial Times)

Spellbinding . An immersive read, steeped in nostalgia. Samson’s poetic prose is so evocative that, by the end, you find yourself googling those entrancing images of Hydra, 1960, just to wallow further in the poignancy of it all (Vanity Fair)

Heady armchair escapism … An impressionistic, intoxicating rush of sensory experience (Sunday Times)

Intoxicating … Highly accomplished … A testament to Samson’s transportive prose (Spectator)

By the end the reader may be unable to decide whether Hydra enchanted or cursed those attracted by its primitive beauty, cheap rents and easy access to sex, drugs and performance poetry . A novel about the treatment of women by artistic men (The Times)

Beautiful … Perfect if you want to escape the drudgery of another lentil dinner and dream of 1960s Hydra with Leonard Cohen

Glorious … Feels like the book the author was born to create (Irish Times)

It is a grand read and the prose falls translucently like the air … Superb work and a delightful novel