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 areas 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 by means of Brooklyn author Joshua Cohen in his dream-world novel of the afterlife. . . . Heaven is a hard 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 mind-blowing and overturns the area to return. . . . 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 road by way of 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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Brushing sand from himself he collected the eagles to stroll on a wick of smoke to its resource, which he sensed originating “within jogging distance. ” It was once a hearth in a pit certain by way of tires and at it there has been a boy reclining comfortable. He provided the boy his eagles to consume as a meal and the boy wrapped the eagles in his headdress that might now not burn and buried it below the sand below the fireplace that required no logs or sticks or twigs nor the tinder of HEADLINES. Our meal might be prepared quickly the boy stated. I requested the boy who're you? I’m hungry. enable me introduce you to ravenous. after which the boy stated he was once a boy who had died. I requested the boy how he had died and the boy requested me an analogous who're you? And so I acknowledged to the boy i'm a stranger right here, a stranger to you in a heaven no longer mine and the boy requested me How did you return to be the following? and so I stated to the boy I were exploded and the boy requested me Who exploded you and why? and so I stated to the boy boy exploded me, a boy approximately my comparable age and yours too, who had hugged me then exploded me open air of a shoestore situated on Tchernichovsky road in Jerusalem the 3rd urban of no less than one Empire and the boy acknowledged to me he had once—embraced and—exploded somebody or different himself, certainly that that’s how he had merited right here, by means of martyring himself he’d earned for his demise this lifestyles after lifestyles and a demise that used to be excellent and so I requested the boy Who? and the boy acknowledged to me I don’t comprehend and so I requested him back Who used to be it? and the boy stated all he knew used to be that it was once a boy approximately his personal age and mine too, outdoors of a shoestore on a highway named for a Russian of varieties, he remembered, probably a Finn the boy stated in Jerusalem I’m unsure, although he known as it Al Quds (Abul Ala al-Maari manner, he acknowledged, might be it used to be, a author, I’m feeling a poet), that is domestic to Quabbat As-Sakhrah and Al Aqsa that means the Furthest have I ever been there That a ways, I requested the boy why as in Why did you do it? and the boy stated to me He used to be now not you, don't worry—And he used to be now not you both used to be what I stated to the boy who stated to me that our meal used to be prepared and that we should always wash ahead of we consume yet there has been no water to be chanced on, simply smoke and a tire. They ate (in heaven, no nutrition is forbidden), although neither may fill. As I became to take go away of the boy the boy acknowledged to me Wait a sec. I requested the boy Why? and the boy acknowledged to me you want to wait right here until eventually I’ll go back momentarily and so back I requested the boy Why? And the boy stated to me you will have supplied the meal of the 2 quailing eagles and so i need to offer in go back. comprehend. Please and thanks. that you've given me a present and so in go back a present from me is needed. You get it. My guy. comprehend was once what the boy acknowledged to me and so I acknowledged to the boy it’s no longer beneficial and what’s extra it’s no longer even sought after I acknowledged Don’t get offended with me simply because a wait and a go back and its present despite the fact that required or merited will basically hold up me and that i must never hold up as an alternative i need to search the 2 Mountains and that i needs to locate the 2 Mountains and the Valley among within which i need to search the guy named Mohammed and during which i need to locate the fellow named Mohammed with a view to set every little thing yet every thing correct, please comprehend and certain thanks no you.

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