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  • Paperback: 817 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press; 1 edition (May 11 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564785882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564785886
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 4.4 x 22.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #607,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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)

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"In this ambitious novel, Benjamin Israelien―born full grown, bearded, and wearing glasses―is the last living Jew, a national celebrity and Messiah-like great hope for an America terrified of losing God’s grace. In more than eight hundred pages of dense, often self-amused prose, he tours in a big revival show, visits Holocaust sites (“Whateverwitz” in “Polandland”), and even makes a brief sojourn in space with a tentacled alien named Doktor Froid. “Witz,” as Cohen explains, means “joke,” and the novel overflows with puns, allusions, and Borscht Belt zingers, in an incantatory modernist style." (New Yorker)

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