Joshua Cohen (writer)

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Joshua Cohen
Joshua Cohen BBF 2010 Shankbone.jpg
Born 1980
Somers Point, New Jersey
Occupation novelist, story writer
Nationality  United States
Period Contemporary
Genre Jewish, Literature, Speculative Fiction

Joshua Aaron Cohen (born September 6, 1980 in New Jersey) is an American novelist and writer of stories.


  • Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto (2007) (completed in 2006)
  • A Heaven of Others (2008) (completed in 2004)
  • Witz (2010)
  • Book of Numbers (forthcoming from Random House)

Witz was named a Best Book of 2010 by The Village Voice.

Story Collections[edit]

  • The Quorum (2005) (completed in 2001)[1]
  • Aleph-Bet: An Alphabet for the Perplexed (2007)
  • Bridge & Tunnel (& Tunnel & Bridge) (2010)
  • Four New Messages (2012)

Four New Messages was named a Best Book of 2012 by The New Yorker.[2]


  • Attention! a (short) history (2013, UK)



Essays have appeared in Harper's, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, The Forward, Nextbook, Tablet Magazine, Triple Canopy (online magazine), Denver Quarterly, The Believer, The New York Observer, The London Review of Books, N+1 online, Guernica Magazine', and elsewhere.

  • Cohen, Joshua (November–December 2008). "The Kiss of Judas: The Caravaggio Painting Stolen from Odessa was a Fake". The Believer 6 (9): 61. 
  • Cohen wrote the introduction to Landscape in Concrete by Jakov Lind, published by Open Letter Books[8] in March 2009.
  • "On Thomas Pynchon"[9]
  • "On Bohumil Hrabal"[10]
  • "On Henry Roth"[11]
  • "On Yitzhak Laor"[12]
  • "On John Zorn"[13]
  • "On Gustav Mahler"[14]
  • "On Jonathan Franzen's Karl Kraus"[15]
  • "On Ben Marcus"[16]
  • "On The Olympia and Obelisk Presses"[17]
  • "On Giacomo Leopardi"[18]
  • "On the phrase Open Sesame"[19]
  • "The Font of the Hand"[20]
  • "Thirty-Six Shades of Prussian Blue"[21] an illustrated portrait/"blueprint" of the color in Triple Canopy (online magazine).
  • "An Offering to the Priests of Yiddish",[22] an article on Lamed Shapiro in the Jewish Daily Forward. (May 2007)

From May through December 2012 Cohen was the New Books critic for Harper's.


"The 2013 Matanel Prize in Jewish Literature".[23] Pushcart Prize 2012

Selected Reviews[edit]


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