Joshua Cohen: The Netanyahus
A rare UK event for the man The Washington Post called “maybe America’s greatest living writer”. His previous novels Witz, Book of Numbers and Moving Kings were named books of the year by NPR, New York Magazine and the Village Voice, while his short story and essay collections Four New Messages and Attention received the same honours from the New Yorker and Wired.
His latest The Netanyahus is pitched as a fictional account of ‘a minor and ultimately even negligible episode in the history of a very famous family’, as in the late 1950s not-quite-upstate New York historian Ruben Blum finds himself the reluctant host to Benzion Netanyahu and family. Described as a “shrewd, exuberant, exhilarating and merry novel” by Cynthia Ozick and “absorbing, delightful, hilarious, breath-taking and the best and most relevant novel I’ve read in what feels like forever” by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Joshua Cohen joins us to discuss The Netanyahus and his illustrious career to date with Sunday Times special correspondent Josh Glancy.
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Joshua Cohen was born in 1980 in Atlantic City. His books include the novels Moving Kings, Book of Numbers, Witz, A Heaven of Others, and Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto; the short fiction collection Four New Messages, and the non-fiction collection Attention: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction. Called ‘a major American writer’ by the New York Times, ‘maybe America’s greatest living writer’ by the Washington Post, and ‘an extraordinary prose stylist, surely one of the most prodigious at work in American fiction today’ by the New Yorker, Cohen was awarded Israel’s 2013 Matanel Prize for Jewish Writers, and in 2017 was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. He lives in New York City.
Josh Glancy is special correspondent for The Sunday Times, reporting for the paper from across Britain and Europe. Prior to this he was the paper's Washington bureau chief and spent five years reporting from across most of America, but never Alaska or the Dakotas. He's also a columnist for The Sunday Times and The Jewish Chronicle.