A Heaven of Others by Joshua Cohen

By Joshua Cohen

"Joshua Cohen has created a visionary novel that's terrifying and heartbreaking and humbling in its luminous brilliance. in my opinion, 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 unsuitable ones, white ones and black ones, is driven to its fantastical limits via Brooklyn author Joshua Cohen in his dream-world novel of the afterlife. . . . Heaven is a tough yet profitable learn on thematic and formal levels."—The Brooklyn Rail

"A breathless flight of managed delirium, an exquisitely blasphemous journey of an afterlife the place earth's dominion, in all its terror and glory, trumps the outstanding and overturns the area to return. . . . It's a courageous booklet that are supposed 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 highway by means 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 culture.

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63 St. Thomas Aquinas I left parts of myself everywhere The way absent-minded people leave Gloves and umbrellas Whose colors are sad from dispensing so much bad luck. I was on a park bench asleep. It was like the Art of Ancient Egypt. I didn't wish to bestir myself. I made my long shadow take the evening train. «We give death to a child when we give it a doll,» Said the woman who had read Djuna Barnes. We whispered all night. She had traveled to darkest Africa. She had many stories to tell about the jungle.

39 A Wall That's the only image That turns up. A wall all by itself, Poorly lit, beckoning, But no sense of the room, Not even a hint Of why it is I remember So little and so clearly: The fly I was watching, The details of its wings Glowing like turquoise. Its feet, to my amusement Following a minute crack An eternity Around that simple event. And nothing else; and nowhere To go back to; And no one else As far as I know to verify. 40 Un muro Questa la sola immagine che ne salta fuori. Un muro tutto solo, illuminato male, invitante, ma nessun senso della stanza, nemmeno un cenno del perché ricordo così poco e tanto chiaramente: la mosca che osservavo, le sue ali in dettaglio di un lucente turchese.

46 Con quel suo modo spiccio d'infilarmi la testa sotto la falda del soprabito. Anche negli scacchi, mi disse il professore, i maestri giocano bendati, i campioni, poi, su diverse scacchiere contemporaneamente. Shirt To get into it As it lies Crumpled on the floor Without disturbing a single crease Respectful Of the way I threw it down Last night The way it happened to land Almost managing The impossible contortions Doubling back now Through a knotted sleeve 48 Camicia Entrarci mentre giace sgualcita sul pavimento senza dar noia a una sola grinza rispettoso di come la gettai la sera prima di come le venne fatto di atterrare quasi pilotando contorsioni impossibili da ripetere ora attraverso una manica annodata Harsh Climate The brain itself in its skull Is very cold, According to Albertus Magnus.

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