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    Witz (American Literature (Dalkey Archive)) (Paperback) By (author) Joshua Cohen

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    DescriptionOn 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 hip; 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...Meanwhile, in the not-too-distant future of our own, "real" world, another last Jew -- the last living Holocaust survivor -- sits alone in a snowbound Manhattan, providing a final melancholy witness to his experiences in the form of the punch lines to half-remembered jokes.

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    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Joshua Cohen
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 800
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 222 mm
    Thickness: 44 mm
    Weight: 1,076 g
    ISBN 13: 9781564785886
    ISBN 10: 1564785882

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 78
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    DC22: 813.6
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11800
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    DC22: 813/.54
    Ingram Theme: RELI/JUDAIC
    BISAC V2.8: FIC016000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 48
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC046000
    LC classification: PS3553.O42434 W58 2010
    Thema V1.0: FU, FBA
    Dalkey Archive Press
    Imprint name
    Dalkey Archive Press
    Publication date
    14 May 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Normal, IL
    Review quote
    [N]ow that so much Jewish literature has been written and rewritten again in English, now that we have so many authors and classics, it is all the more rare and inspiring that Cohen, scandalously overlooked in America, especially by the Jewish literary community, continues to delve deeper and further with each book into an inherited terrain while making of that holy ground these beautifully uncharted territories with their own maps and legends.