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 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 flawed ones, white ones and black ones, is driven to its fantastical limits via 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 travel of an afterlife the place earth's dominion, in all its terror and glory, trumps the dazzling and overturns the realm to return. . . . It's a courageous publication that are supposed 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 via a ten-year-old Palestinian boy, he wakes up in a heaven nobody 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 culture.
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Warner and Twain’s novel epitomized the entire era, not simply because of its topics about greed, land, and American identity but because its very composition embodied post–Civil War concerns over cooperatism, professionalism, and liability. The Gilded Age framed the way in which collaboration came to be seen as a particular marker in the professionalization of writing in the late nineteenth century. It was, for Twain, a move that took him from being a humorist to being a man holding the lofty status of a Hartford writer, a novelist, and a man of letters.
Collaborators in Literary America justifies such integration of semantics and livelihoods by illustrating that writers of that period sought such integration. This search led many writers to their tremendously consequential explorations into collaborative writing and only by examining the implications of such explorations can we understand the intensively composite nature of American literary culture. This page intentionally left blank CHAPTER 1 Whe re t h e Twain did M e e t—T H E G I L D E D A G E of American Authorship Why would two people who describe their joint venture as a complete merger, write a novel that assails corporations for stifling competition?
The hesitance suggests an awareness of an enigmatic alternative model for writing: a third authorial entity—Twain/Warner. To be sure, in later years they both commented about which sections they had written (most particularly when Twain asserted his rights to the character of Colonel Sellers in order to write a play based upon the character), but the overall effect of the novel was to create a sense of the inextricable nature of collaborative ventures. For just as the lines between the authors are perpetually blurred, the relentless theme of The Gilded Age is that while we can point to individual acts and deeds which might lead to events, responsibility is never so cleanly divided.
A Heaven of Others by Joshua Cohen