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A Heaven of Others

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  9 reviews
"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

"The idea that there are multiple heavens, right ones and wrong ones, white ones and black ones, is pushed to its fantastical limits by Broo
Paperback, 184 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Starcherone Books (first published September 1st 2007)
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
A brief pause for a change of tone twix Argall and The Wake ;; short and sharp with no intent to skirt Witz -- but one can say, I've read Cohen's first(?)book, type'd=up as a twenty-three-year-old. Want to buy an opinion? It's good, it's short ; pay no money for it if you need not :: monster name dropping would develop D. Barthelme and J. McElroy whose endorsement is like that of Pynchon's or Joyce's.
joshua cohens a heaven of others is a short, poetic book the language of which seems to mimic the circumlocutive sentence structure and aesthetics of a religious text, which aesthetically matches the content of the story. it feels like a remarkably innovative novel: a young jewish boy dies at the hand of a muslim suicide bomber, a child his own age. because the young suicide bomber wraps his arms around the protagonist in a deathly and explosive hug, he drags him to the wrong heaven. the idea he ...more
As much as I liked "Witz," I liked this book much better. I could just see and appreciate Cohen's language play and word play, sliping between thoughts and memory and so on, so much better than in "Witz." Both have some amazing writing, but I could grasp at it better here. That may be a failing on my part and I definitely respect "Witz," but I have to say which one I got into more. This one seems to have a certain charm that I think "Witz" lacked as well. Perhaps "Witz" took on a burden, trying ...more
Joe Milazzo
Much more of an experiment in language than in thought (assuming there is any real difference between the two), what A HEAVEN OF OTHERS lacks in conceptual rigor it makes up for with associative ingenuity. As an eternal and preternaturally wise child, Cohen's narrator comes off as "believable"... better, compelling. Nevertheless, this feels like a etude or warm-up for something much more grandiose.
I read 3/4 of this book straight through. It is disturbing and magical, and the illustrations work well with the text.

This book is about a ten year old Jewish boy from Jerusalem who is killed by a suicide bomber. After dying, he finds himself in Muslim heaven, where he has to navigate being in the wrong place, what to do with the virgins given to him, and so on.

I cannot wait to read Witz!
Exhausting & demanding, but extremely powerful -- not just in the ways you might expect, but also in its evocation of the small details of daily life & family history.
Mar 04, 2008 Kelly marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I haven't found a copy of this yet but have read good reviews. I'm looking forward to it.
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Probably the best place to start.
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Joshua Aaron Cohen (born September 6, 1980 in New Jersey) is an American novelist and writer of stories.
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