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 similar 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 travel of an afterlife the place earth's dominion, in all its terror and glory, trumps the astonishing and overturns the realm to return. . . . it is 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 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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Aba could continually solution her via announcing that he had sufficient opera at domestic really Straussified, Richard and so a Freelancer he used to be a real Freelancer and to stay a real Freelancer rather than a employees Jobber simply because he was once a tuner, he used to be a piano tuner Aba regularly acknowledged I don’t are looking to music a similar pianos month after month, moon in and moon out, i would like to track diversified pianos, and as many as attainable, to redeem, to avoid wasting as many as attainable, pianos, that’s the activity of a piano tuner Aba continually stated which means he usually joked A failed pianist then the Queen might stare him evil then hug him tight (but we didn’t have a piano in our residence on Tchernichovsky highway simply because Aba wouldn’t enable an immense black melanoma noise to intervene together with his lifestyles Aba as soon as stated and that i simply now do not forget that my Aba he as soon as additionally informed me that after strings are mathematically completely in track they really sound discordant. And that The task of a piano tuner is to song a piano, Aba as soon as acknowledged, the strings of a piano, Aba as soon as acknowledged, deliberately discordant, knowledgeably dissonant, a little Aba as soon as stated ever so a bit of and that basically then will the entire strings sound as they should—when the hammers come crashpedaling down—In excellent, overall concord Aba as soon as acknowledged Which Aba then extra is naturally in basic terms our notion of—), yet after the Queen had enabled his permitting then permit him pass, hugged him basically to enable him unfastened for a kiss once more at the different loaved cheek as though to illustrate her sympathy together with his empathy and the either one of their final, i didn't recognize the place he went (and even if the Queen’s cheeks have been lonely with no him, as I’d consistently depart for college along my Aba who’d depart me on the tuition midway down Tchernichovsky road on his manner off to wherever), relatively I knew that he went to the Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra and to piano showrooms and musicstores all through Jerusalem or even larger Tel Aviv and to grandQueens’ attics and basements and cellars and to hospitals and faculties and theaters and fancy Frenchtalian eating places and in addition notwithstanding no longer up to i believe he desired to to the Opera and the Ballet and to the Conservatory or Conservatories, yet I had by no means been to any of these locations, to not the Philharmonic neither to piano showrooms nor to musicstores and all my grandQueens all my grandQueens have been As lifeless as tune as my Aba used to assert and our condominium on Tchernichovsky road notwithstanding it had a backyard and tree didn't have an attic or a basement or perhaps a cellar and thank God I’ve by no means been within the sanatorium (though tuition is college and round the corner at that, 5 shoe-lengths away if I didn’t do my homework), yet then neither have I ever been to the theater now not Yiddish nor Shakespearean nor to fancy Frenchtalian eating places as starry because the skies of al-Khwarizmi let’s say or the Strauss Opera or the Stravinsky-Tchaikovsky Ballet, or the Conservatory of Conservatories there to clapclap Concertvatories simply because Aba he sought after me to be a attorney or a professor of historical past, Semantics or and to talk his parent’s language, which used to be German on the collage Aba additionally walked to to tune—walking himself like a tuned string Aba as soon as stated he Walked round loosening, slackening during the day then tightening as much as natural intestine back closer to domestic, to his truest pitch on the nook of Tchernichovsky &—then walked from the collage to the shvitz after which after, walked to his buddy Tannenbaum’s condo, which used to be a true apartment and never simply an house 3 flooring, 3 bedrooms and bogs with An open kitchen the Queen could consistently say while she used to be jealous for A second of peace, a cup of coffeetea or even a nip of vodka with slivovitz and then he’d stroll again domestic to Tchernichovsky road and our house construction outdoor of which I’d wait within the doorway and regularly impatiently for him to select me up for our each Sunday afternoon stroll into the outdated urban of Jerusalem, which was once entered constantly during the Jaffa Gate earlier David the King approximately whom Aba as soon as informed me that during 1889 he acknowledged i feel it was in 1898 i feel that’s while this rampart was once demolished, it was once destroyed and the moat that used to poison round it crammed as much as arrange for the coming For the victorious arrival Aba as soon as stated of Kaiser Wilhelm II as a visitor of the Sultan of Turkey And so that’s the large gap within the wall Aba had stated as we walked into the previous urban, the large gaping void within the excessive solar of wall all approximately Herod and the 3 towers of Phasael, Mariamne and Hippicus Aba stated as we walked in deeper into the previous urban went farther, into the spiced hustle, the huddled dealdoing, zoom in at the seesighting, yet then rather than extra background, that's extra clarification extra enlightenment or illumination suddenly Aba acknowledged this as soon as to disregard all that trash (though he used a miles superior word), forget about all this rubble, those names and their dates which are simply the numerous different names we use to individuate indivisible Time, Yoni, keep them for later, which is rarely, If no longer now, while, my little Rav Hillel this day (which used to be the 1st day earlier than the shoestore and so the final day sooner than the final Monday of existence for me, for him and for his sneakers because the nail was once even then gnawing up) i would like you Aba stated wincing to monitor a lot of these travelers and purely the travelers as we walked as Aba talked discover these kind of travelers yet don’t sit down in judgment of them simply you eliminate your self, he acknowledged Stand nonetheless at a distance that comes from being local to a global this FOUL LANGUAGE significant, Yon, and take it all in: The French and the German, Yon, consistently the youngest Germans Germany can come up with the money for to export, rows of ten each one with matching yellowtrimmed totebags, The umbrellawielding Italianevs with their compact dressmaker umbrellas for his or her umbrellas after which you may have the Polishers, simply examine that workforce of tiny Polisher nuns being shepherded prior, this herd of miniature nundonkeys, Parvenu parvum don’t you think that, Yo?