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Book of Numbers

Random House

2015

From the publisher:

A monumental, uproarious, and exuberant novel about the search—for love, truth, and the meaning of Life With The Internet.

The enigmatic billionaire founder of Tetration, the world’s most powerful tech company, hires a failed novelist, Josh Cohen, to ghostwrite his memoirs. This tech mogul, known as Principal, brings Josh behind the digital veil, tracing the rise of Tetration, which started in the earliest days of the Internet by revolutionizing the search engine before venturing into smartphones, computers, and the surveillance of American citizens. Principal takes Josh on a mind-bending world tour from Palo Alto to Dubai and beyond, initiating him into the secret pretext of the autobiography project and the life-or-death stakes that surround its publication.

Insider tech exposé, leaked memoir-in-progress, international thriller, family drama, sex comedy, and biblical allegory, Book of Numbers renders the full range of modern experience both online and off. Embodying the Internet in its language, it finds the humanity underlying the virtual.

Featuring one of the most unforgettable characters in contemporary fiction, Book of Numbers is an epic of the digital age, a triumph of a new generation of writers, and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.

View on: Random House Powell's McNally Jackson

Four New Messages

Graywolf Press

2012

From the publisher:

A quartet of audacious fictions that capture the pathos and absurdity of life in the age of the internet.

A spectacularly talented young writer has returned from the present with Four New Messages, urgent and visionary dispatches that seek to save art, sex, and even alienation from corporatism and technology run rampant.

In "Emission," a hapless drug dealer in Princeton is humiliated when a cruel co-ed exposes him exposing himself on a blog gone viral. "McDonald's" tells of a frustrated pharmaceutical copywriter whose imaginative flights fail to bring solace because of a certain word he cannot put down on paper. In "The College Borough" a father visiting NYU with his daughter remembers a former writing teacher, a New Yorker exiled to the Midwest who refuses to read his students' stories, asking them instead to build a replica of the Flatiron Building. "Sent" begins mythically in the woods of Russia, but in a few virtuosic pages plunges into the present, where an aspiring journalist finds himself in a village that shelters all the women who've starred in all the internet porn he's ever enjoyed.

Highbrow and low-down, these four intensely felt stories explain what happens when the virtual begins to colonize the real—they harness the torrential power and verbal dexterity that have established Cohen as one of America's most brilliant younger writers.

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Witz

Dalkey Archive Press

2010

From the publisher:

On Christmas Eve 1999, all the Jews in the world die in a strange, millennial plague, with the exception of the firstborn males, who are soon adopted by a cabal of powerful people in the American government. By the following Passover, however, only one is still alive: Benjamin Israelien; a kindly, innocent, ignorant man-child. As he finds himself transformed into an international superstar, Jewishness becomes all the rage: matzo-ball soup is in every bowl, sidelocks are stylish; and the only truly Jewish Jew left is increasingly stigmatized for not being religious. Since his very existence exposes the illegitimacy of the newly converted, Israelien becomes the object of a worldwide hunt . . .

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A Heaven of Others

Starcherone Books

2008

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When a ten-year-old Jewish boy is exploded on a Jerusalem street by a ten-year-old Palestinian boy, he wakes up in a heaven no one in his tradition prepared him for, a heaven of others. Joshua Cohen’s novel stands at the crossroads of a conflicted city and wordplay that both celebrates and dismantles tradition.

View on: Starcherone Books Powell’s McNally Jackson WorldCat

Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto

Fugue State Press

2007

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This brilliant first novel is a portrait of an artist at the end of an art form. The elderly Jewish-Hungarian composer Schneidermann, who survived a musical education, survived the war, survived Europe, survived the neglect of all his music, finally and suddenly vanishes during a matinee movie on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The novel begins with Schneidermann's friend--his only friend--the violin virtuoso Laster, onstage at Carnegie Hall. He has finished playing the first movement of Schneidermann's last composition, his Violin Concerto. At this point he is supposed to begin his cadenza...his solo. Instead, he drops his instrument and lifts his voice, delivering the text of this novel to the audience.

View on: Fugue State Press McNally Jackson WorldCat

Aleph-Bet

Six Gallery Press

2007

From the publisher:

Writer Joshua Cohen and artist Michael Hafftka interpret the twenty-two letters of the “Aleph Bet,” the Hebrew alphabet. Through their images and texts, Cohen and Hafftka engage these letters, in form and function, in manners both mundane and mystical. The images, and the three texts (two stories entitled "Naming" and "Shabbos Dinner, with Letterforms," and the essayistic "A Metaphysical Disquisition Upon the Nature of the Hebrew Sophiyot"), together formulate a challenge to the Second Commandment, which forbids representation, in a style at once traditional and modern, expressively mindful of what it means to lack faith and yet, in the turn of a phrase, at the stroke of a brush, refusing the consolation of cult.

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The Quorum

Twisted Spoon Press

2005

From the publisher:

From a review of a book about the Holocaust that's six-million blank pages to a suicide note that might only be a letter about a religious conversion; from the proverbs of King Solomon's harem to a scientific report about a group of people who interchange appearances, habits, proclivities and talents, The Quorum is an absurd yet sensitive take on the individual's lifelong quest to get someone, anyone, to listen.

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Attention! A (Short) History

Notting Hill Editions

2013

From the publisher:

To write a book in which every sentence is a first sentence. To write a book in which every sentence is as good as the first sentence.

READ THE SMALL FONT FIRST.

“To live as if every day were your first,” “to live as if every day were your last”— conditionally.

READ THE LARGE FONT LAST.

To begin with sex.

DO NOT BE DISTRACTED.

To begin with loss.

DO NOT BE DIVERTED.

To begin with death.

THERE IS NOTHING TO READ HERE.

To begin with the end.

YOU ARE STILL WASTING YOUR TIME.

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Two Tribal Stories

Chapbook

2010

View on: Small Anchor Press

Bridge & Tunnel (& Tunnel & Bridge)

Chapbook

2010

View on: The Cupboard

The Review of Contemporary Fiction, The Failure Issue

Guest Editor: Joshua Cohen

2011

View on: Dalkey Archive Press

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