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Like a Killer in the Sun: Selected Lyrics, 1972-2017



Original Language: English (US) | 590 pp. | November 2017

2 Seas represents: French, Dutch, Portuguese, and Nordic Rights.


Like a Killer in the Sun alters my way of thinking about Bruce, about rock, about popular culture’s deep connections to classical culture and about Springsteen’s connections to American culture… I now owe my friend Leo not just the debut of friendship but also the debt owed to someone who showed what was missing, the thing made hazy, all but invisible, until the right teller told the tale. —  Dave Marsh

For more than forty years, Bruce Springsteen has enthralled millions the world over with his distinctive voice and peerless predilection for musical storytelling. Earnest, intimate, and unabatedly genuine, Springsteen’s lyrics about love, faith, hope, personal struggle, social justice, and equality are at once personal and universal, singular and mundane, his, your, ours. Having made an indelible mark of the trajectories of both popular music and American culture, Springsteen’s songs belong every bit as much to the bookshelf as to the jukebox which is precisely where this volume places him.

The perfect follow-up to Born to Run Springsteen’s 2016 memoir Bruce Springsteen: Like a Killer in the Sun presents the complete lyrics of ninety-one classic songs expounded and annotated with the painstaking attention typically reserved for literary classics. By dissecting the artist’s matchless narrative talent, scholar Leonardo Colombati has crafted a seminal examination of Springsteen’s poetics and makes a compelling case that grafts Springsteen on the same American literary line running from Whitman to Steinbeck to O’Connor to Carver. The book also contains a biography and discography, and include forewords from Academy Award–winner Ennio Morricone and music critic Dave Marsh, a committee member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Springsteen biographer.

Bruce Springsteen: Like a Killer in the Sun is a must-have for Springsteen fans, literary scholars, students of American culture, and anyone who wants to learn more about the powerful and inspired voice still ringing out from the heart of America.

Leonardo Colombati is an Italian author. His first novel, Perceber (2005) was followed by Rio (2007), Il re (2009) and 1960 (2014). Colombati is the editor of the massive anthology Italian Songs, 1861-2011: History and Lyrics (2011). He is on the editorial staff of Nuovi Argomenti, the most important Italian literary review, and writes for various magazines and newspapers. In 2015, he founded a creative writing school in Rome, Molly Bloom. He is a member of Pen Club Italia. He lives in Rome.