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 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 incorrect ones, white ones and black ones, is driven to its fantastical limits through Brooklyn author Joshua Cohen in his dream-world novel of the afterlife. . . . Heaven is a difficult yet lucrative 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 spectacular and overturns the area to come back. . . . it is a courageous booklet 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 by means 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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And so I stepped in simply because there has been no wrong way. No bridge even if of wooden, iron or human laid out around the circulation foot to move. And so I stepped down simply because there has been no opposite direction to step yet down and my stepping foot, my left in its new left shoe, turned caught within the honey. not able to raise my foot there has been not anything i may do yet step my different correct new foot down into the honey in addition. Which I did and now either ft of their footwear have been caught quick. Mire and that i. however the honey wasn’t flowing yet hardening. Amberizing. And fast. I approximately misplaced myself and fell yet as I unfold my fingers huge as though to protest my innocence with wings eagles descended and every took a forefinger into its beak, pulling all of me out yet my footwear. A sacrifice yet within the air the eagles started to dogfight with each other or perhaps now not struggle yet i'd say Will: relatively one desired to fly me a method and the opposite desired to fly me one other they usually made this rather obvious as they pulled me aside (as if asking me to choose for them and so for me but when i might how could I speak that call? I son of Saul, no son of Solomon)—one away to at least one fringe of the golden plate and the opposite away to the opposite fringe of the golden plate that's edgeless, yet now not in need of the least bit to displease, to disappoint both and so get myself ripped into residing halves who may most likely, that a ways aside, by no means meet back and sign up for jointly in famished Farmisht fraternity for the meal as soon as referred to as time for supper I stored myself as nonetheless as inhumanly attainable and allowed them to drag me zigzaggingly Zephyrusly although by no means relatively lightly east to westward all around the sky and its vault until eventually I had had sufficient of what I say used to be indescribable ache and so wrenched them tough either all the way down to the floor, pointing my forefingers as though the accusations of the 2 witnesses which are required by way of the Talmud Aba regularly invoked to 2 some distance and excessive dunes and there keen energy to my palms to hurl them either down even unto the 2 dunes, one eagle to every with me nested within the valley among the place I landed unhurt notwithstanding they have been killed by means of the influence. Brushing sand from himself he amassed the eagles to stroll on a wick of smoke to its resource, which he sensed originating “within jogging distance. ” It used to be a fireplace in a pit sure through 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 will now not burn and buried it below the sand lower than 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 acknowledged he was once a boy who had died. I requested the boy how he had died and the boy requested me a similar who're you? And so I stated 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 come back to be right here? and so I acknowledged to the boy I were exploded and the boy requested me Who exploded you and why?