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Joshua Cohen: The Netanyahus


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Due to unforeseen circumstances, Joshua Cohen is no longer able to visit Australia in March 2023. As a result, his Melbourne appearance at the Wheeler Centre has unfortunately been cancelled. All ticketholders have been contacted regarding a refund.


Join Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Joshua Cohen as he discusses the contemporary Jewish experience, mixing fact and fiction, and writing serious topics with humour.

Joshua Cohen has become one of America’s leading writers, known for his metafictional epics exploring the Jewish-American experience and contemporary identity politics. He has published over 12 works spanning fiction, non-fiction and short stories, and was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. In 2022, his most recent novel, The Netanyahus, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family blends the campus novel with a lecture in what the Pulitzer judges referred to as ‘a mordant, linguistically deft historical novel about the ambiguities of the Jewish-American experience, presenting ideas and disputes as volatile as its tightly-wound plot.’

In his first Australian visit, Cohen joins author Bram Presser to discuss his genre-bending new novel, Jewish-American identity, mixing fact and fiction, and writing serious topics with humour.


Supported by Melbourne Jewish Book Week

This event is supported by the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a Victorian Government and City of Melbourne partnership.


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Joshua Cohen

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... Read more

Bram Presser

Bram Presser is a semi-reformed punk rocker, recovering academic, lapsed criminal lawyer and two-time cartoon character. For ten years he fronted the internationally-acclaimed punk band, Yidcore, before turning to writing. His debut novel, The Book of Dirt (Text Publishing), won the National Jewish ... Read more


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