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 unsuitable 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 tough yet worthwhile 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 astounding and overturns the area to return. . . . It's a courageous e-book 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 through 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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Looking intently at the waitress She requests bountiful bread to take with her The hunger for respect satisfied. 38 Reasons for Celebration His His His His His His His birth was humble, teachings are fire, children are followers, presence is powerful, name is precious, love is divine, home is eternal. 39 The Great Mother Among family and friends I like the mother strong children disciplined father wise and dogs running through the living room free 40 As a Friend See me in your dreams, the way I see you holding my hand.
43 Golden Years So much have I seen in fifty-eight years, So much in fifty-eight long years! I can Remember the first time I kissed my sixteen-year-old Sweetheart and how her eyes sparkled in the night. I can remember the special days of long hot summers When strawberries ripened with sweet juice; When plums were perfect for picking And yellow roses blossomed in the frontyard; Yes, I still remember the five-room house Where nine children were reared for college. What painful days they were When teachers whipped to discipline And yelled when students did not study!
He taught us how to pray. ) He spread the Word of God. ) He was crucified on the Cross. ) He rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven. ) 21 How Beautiful, O God How beautiful are the clouds, I thank you, God, for the gift of sight. How beautiful is the earth, I thank you for the gift of feeling. How beautiful are the birds in the morning, I thank you for the gift of joy. How beautiful are the new born babes, I thank you for the gift of life. How beautiful is Your Divine presence, I thank you for the promise of eternity.