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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 similar point as Kafka."—Michael Disend, writer of Stomping the Goyim

"The concept that there are a number of heavens, correct ones and incorrect 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 hard yet lucrative 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 dazzling and overturns the realm to come back. . . . it is a courageous publication 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 highway through a ten-year-old Palestinian boy, he wakes up in a heaven not anyone 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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Because it is related. And that the sand preserved his tracks because it preserved the path of no different. To be the following as him is to be hated via even the wind. it really is stated. hearken to it. pay attention it listening. it's been acknowledged that during this strangest land he's as a lot a stranger because it tells him he's. nonetheless because the Queen consistently stated It is helping to organize. And so if ever he may locate this guy named Mohammed he used to be to claim Salaam. after which he was once to claim his identify. now not that the guy named Mohammed didn’t be aware of his identify yet that this ritual used to be to function either an indication and a ask yourself, respectfully talking, a submission implying on no account the final word submission, that is forbidden to him although merely via himself and his variety, and that simply after this Salaam My identify Is the guy named Mohammed will be obliged to rectify any unmistaken mistake all in a question of immediacy and with no extra questions neither solutions whether or not they be Of the Above or telluric (such as reincarnation, resurrection and terrestrially yadda)—how he rehearsed the voice asserting via him Salaam my identify is Jonathan son of Saul A. Schwarzstein he stated into swimming pools reflecting his mouth (thinking compliment Allah how remarkable it really is that during heaven you don’t need to brush teeth), the phrases rippling out, bulls’eyes circling the swell of his Salaam he stated my identify is Jonathan son of Saul A. is for Aba Schwarzstein, Yoni to my Aba he acknowledged who’s As lifeless because the rocks that shine his mouth with macle as though the stones themselves have been the very perspirant tears of an elemental hardness, the swirling water the very sweat of the phrases Salaam my identify is Jonathan son of Saul Aba Schwarzstein and that i dwell at 37 Tchernichovsky road, condo quantity (#) three, Jerusalem, was once how the Queen had taught him to get domestic while he didn’t know the way he was once getting there or from the place and my Aba’s phone quantity it’s # 717736 7-1-seventyseven-3-6 used to be how he dressrehearsed the undressedness of the viewers like he did along with his function as Pan Janusz Korczak the lead in final spring’s tuition play to the terraced levels of scrubby crevices and crags, the stadiumed shrubbery that horizoned the All: the wrinkly knotted limbs of the putrescent bushes topping the murderous cliffs with their sharply cleaved cavelike mouths echoing in go back if now not his voice then the voice of one other he as though such terrible ache have been his own—a guy with a face hanged spreadeagled, nailed three times to a critical flank of mountain no longer his. who're you? I requested the guy and the fellow acknowledged Salaam. And so I acknowledged to the guy Alaikum to you after which the fellow requested me who're you? Jonathan son of Saul Schwarzstein and that i dwell at 37 Tchernichovsky road, Jerusalem, yet you could name me Yoni I acknowledged to the guy have you learnt the place the 2 Mountains are? the place are the 2 Mountains? have you learnt the guy named Mohammed? the place may i locate the fellow named Mohammed? as I replied him with my tale and the millennia at the back of it. And so that you comprehend i'm a stranger the following on your heaven I acknowledged to the fellow. And so that you comprehend a mistake has been made I acknowledged to the fellow.

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