American Literature

A Heaven of Others

By Joshua Cohen

"Joshua Cohen has created a visionary novel that's terrifying and heartbreaking and humbling in its luminous brilliance. for my part, it firmly locations the writer at the comparable point as Kafka."—Michael Disend, writer of Stomping the Goyim

"The concept that there are a number of heavens, correct ones and mistaken ones, white ones and black ones, is driven to its fantastical limits by way of Brooklyn author Joshua Cohen in his dream-world novel of the afterlife. . . . Heaven is a demanding yet worthwhile learn on thematic and formal levels."—The Brooklyn Rail

"A breathless flight of managed delirium, an exquisitely blasphemous travel of an afterlife the place earth's dominion, in all its terror and glory, trumps the remarkable and overturns the realm to return. . . . it is a courageous e-book that are meant to earn its younger writer the reader's profound and enduring admiration."—Steve Stern, writer of The Frozen Rabbi

When a ten-year-old Jewish boy is exploded on a Jerusalem road by way of a ten-year-old Palestinian boy, he wakes up in a heaven nobody in his culture ready him for, a heaven of others. Joshua Cohen's novel stands on the crossroads of a conflicted urban and wordplay that either celebrates and dismantles tradition.

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While it got here to the final word sacrifice, I demurred. whilst soreness entered into the realm, my dream exited flying. while a unmarried selection used to be provided me I selected one other. yet a contrast needs to be made among difficulty and weak spot very similar to, in Hellenist heresy, the department acquiring among the sunshine of the Gnostic Pleroma Aba loved that note in Greek And its warring darkish and so may I point out that I had, i think nonetheless have and may consistently have a brother whose identify was once David and is. A halfbrother truly if he ever used to be pointed out, he wasn’t. He was once fifteen, 16, seventeen or eighteen years older than i guess he nonetheless is. And if that is so then seething. Why I didn’t point out him prior to is that neither Aba nor the Queen pointed out him a lot to my reminiscence and that this gloss not like forgetting used to be no longer accidental. Inexcusably unreasoned as this David was once the son of Aba’s past Queen, a girl who ahead of i used to be born (of direction, after all) had died of a ailment that has many on the earth and should move on afflicting them so long as the earth isn't really flat and is as an alternative formed like a mundane tumor: “well-rounded,” periodshaped, musical-noteshaped, a blob of blue paint upon the neck of Ibrahim’s God—a sickness afflicting although simply the dwelling (though want I remind someone that there are much less lifeless humans in the world, or within the earth, than there are humans now living), which starts off progressively with the sluggish development of a 3rd breast, an epiphytic or quite parasitic subspecies of even perhaps sentient mammæ and a tougher style one too, particularly Lumpy and lumpish and Bumpy and bumpisch as Aba he as soon as defined it to me one Sunday as we have been out jogging and speaking within the outdated urban having undergone the Jaffa Gate and strolling while talkatively directly as my Aba’s urge for food for heritage and its revelation could let us the Kotel, to the Westernmost, Wailingmost, Wallingmost predicament of our want he acknowledged it was once an important black bumpishness that simply grew greater or relatively crammed you principally regardless of what the medical professionals might empty, which regardless of the nail of any needle could by no means be adequate to drain it all—Aba himself by no means went to medical professionals, he went to the Queen, in which I suggest my first one and in simple terms his second—and so this Queen, that former Queen whom I by no means knew her neither her identify even she was once blackened as though burned like a bush as soon as fed on, became large Aba as soon as acknowledged and entire of blackness (Aba asserting this with a degree of ash and a shekel, one in each one lung of his scales), first the large black bobbing lump then 3 sizeable black bosomy breasts budded up on her who She used to be very appealing and as soon as a really very well-known live performance pianist too (according to the authentic photo of her younger in Romania Aba stored within the pantry locked with Göbbels, his gun), had 3 tremendous black breasts that swelled to take over her entirety or quite the remainder of her reduced in size into, gotten smaller, was once sucked into those 3 large black boobing breasts that themselves merged into this one unmarried unified large tough black breast, A protuber Aba who he was once the pro tuner as soon as stated he turned equivalent to he used to be simply because she’d been the pro pianist: One huge, immense blob ball of melanoma Aba stated as soon as it was once he needed to take a seat with and pet—as if to dance?

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