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"The idea that there are multiple heavens, right ones and wrong ones, white ones and black ones, is pushed to its fantastical limits by Brooklyn writer Joshua Cohen in his dream-world novel of the afterlife.... Heaven is a challenging but rewarding read on thematic and formal levels." --Brooklyn Rail, Feb. 2008

"Joshua Cohen has created a visionary novel that is terrifying and heartbreaking and humbling in its luminous brilliance. In my view, it firmly places the author on the same level as Kafka." --Michael Disend, author of Stomping the Goyim

"A breathless flight of controlled delirium, an exquisitely blasphemous tour of an afterlife where earth's dominion, in all its terror and glory, trumps the miraculous and overturns the world to come... It's a brave book that should earn its young author the reader's profound and enduring admiration." --Steve Stern, author of The Angel of Forgetfulness --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Joshua Cohen is the author of the books A Heaven of Others (with Michael Hafftka), THE QUORUM, CADENZA FOR THE SCHNEIDERMANN VIOLIN CONCERTO, ALEPH-BET: AN ALPHABET FOR THE PERPLEXED (also with Michael Hafftka), Witz, and Bridge & Tunnel (& Tunnel & Bridge). He was born in Southern New Jersey in 1980. Currently, he writes for The Forward and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Starcherone Books; Second Edition edition (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984213384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984213382
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,337,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Minor on October 29, 2009
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A Conversation about Joshua Cohen's A Heaven of Others
by Kyle Minor and Justin Taylor
(originally appeared in The Rumpus)

A few weeks ago, the literature blog HTMLGiant hosted a heated discussion about whether or not difficult modernist novels like James Joyce's Ulysses might find a publisher in today's literary marketplace. Of the hundreds of responses to the thread and its follow-ups, the one that interested me most was Justin Taylor's assertion that modernism's true heir was born in 1980 in southern New Jersey, lived in Brighton Beach, and was in the midst of a period of extraordinary productivity despite an absolute lack of any significant critical attention. His name was Joshua Cohen.

I was skeptical, but the next day I ordered a copy of A Heaven of Others, Joshua Cohen's fourth book, published by tiny Starcherone Books of Buffalo, New York. It arrived shrink-wrapped in a brown box, a slim volume with a monochromatic cover featuring a stylishly crude pencil and ink drawing of a boy hunched over himself and looking at his feet.

Neither the cover nor the size of the book signaled ambition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hari Garber on February 2, 2009
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This is one of the best novels about Israeli life (by an American). It is about a Jewish boy, a victim of suicide bombing, in Muslim Heaven. But it is sensitive. Beautiful.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso' on February 6, 2012
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The TLS calls Witz a 'linguistic artifact' but is that a good or a bad thing? I find Cohen's style a positive obstacle that shrieks 'self-regarding', but having dissed The Quorum last year (on amazon.co.uk) I thought I'd better try again. Picked this. Is it me?
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