Joshua Cohen, born in 1980 in Somers Point, N.J., is one of the most ambitious young novelists in English. Witz is his fourth novel; he's also written four collections of stories, a book-length essay called Attention! (2013), and extensive criticism for Harper's, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, The Believer, The London Review of Books, and The Jewish Daily Forward. He received a 2012 Pushcart Prize and the 2013 Matanel Prize in Jewish Literature.
"The sort of postmodern epic that arrives like a comet about once
every decade, like Infinite Jest or Gravity's
Rainbow. Like any epic, it defies summary and overflows with
puns, allusions, digressions, authorial sleights of hand and
structural gags-in the tradition of Thomas Pynchon, James Joyce,
Jonathan Swift and Laurence Sterne." * New York Observer *
"Witz is a brave and artful attempt to explore and explode the limits of the sentence." * New York Times *