Log In | Account Info
Cart | Checkout
     
 
The Airship, The Airship, 1573661872, 1-57366-187-2, 978-1-57366-187-4, 9781573661874, , , The Airship, 1573668893, 1-57366-889-3, 978-1-57366-889-7, 9781573668897,

The Airship
Incantations
Adam Tipps Weinstein

Quality Paper
2021. 122 pp.
978-1-57366-187-4
Price:  $16.95 t
Expected Availability 2/23/2021
E Book
2021. 122 pp.
978-1-57366-889-7
Price:  $9.95 d
Expected Availability 2/23/2021

A hypnotic tale of a Jewish refugee from Europe and his three years stranded aboard the Vasari
 
The Airship is the hypnotic fictional biography of Nathan Cohen, who is deported from the United States in 1912 under the Alien Act and who spends the first years of World War I on the passenger ship Vasari, shuttled between the United States and Argentina. Newspapers call him “The Wandering Jew” and “The Man Without a Country,” speculating he will spend the rest of his life at sea.
 
The Airship is the hypnotic fictional biography of Nathan Cohen, who emigrates from Bauska, in the Russian Pale of Settlement, to Las Pampas, Argentina, and finally to the United States, where he suffers a breakdown and is deported under the Alien Act in 1912, just before the outbreak of WWI. Newspapers call him “The Wandering Jew” and “The Man Without a Country,” speculating he will spend the rest of his life at sea.
 
Adam Tipps Weinstein provides a wise, rich, nuanced, and mischievous account of Cohen’s emigration from Bauska, in the Russian Pale of Settlement, to Las Pampas, Argentina, from one tragedy (the Jewish diaspora) to another (the Shoah of the conquest of the Americas). The Airship is finally Cohen’s wish for a new line of flight, which he realizes when he launches his beloved Laika, aboard a scavenged hot-air balloon.
 
From one tragedy (the Jewish diaspora) to another (the Shoah of the conquest of the Americas), Adam Tipps Weinstein provides a wise, rich, nuanced, and mischievous retelling of Cohen’s travels, and his wish for a new line of flight, which he realizes when he launches his beloved Laika, aboard a scavenged hot-air balloon.
 
Told through a series of incantations—spells, songs, folk tales, ghosts, charms—this entrancing book traces Cohen’s journey across time and a great expanse of geography. The concepts of home and homeland are stretched until they break. Is there such a thing as home? How do we know when we have arrived? The Airship evokes these paradoxes of location, nationality, faith, belonging, and identity in a bordered and borderless world.
Adam Tipps Weinstein writes and teaches in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is author of Some Versions of the Ice, a collection of uncanny writings from the Library of Babel.
The Airship: Incantations is a thrilling book of historiographic omniscience that rereads the past through research often exposed quite casually to its readers. Weinstein fixes on the page a method of understanding the past by inserting imaginative dreamscapes as if on microscope slides between the words and sentences of primary and secondary sources.”
—Brian Kiteley, author of The River Gods and I Know Many Songs, but I Cannot Sing
Also of Interest

Book of Kane and Margaret
Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi, Illustrations by Gautam Rangan


Slater Orchard
Darcie Dennigan


Moon over Wapakoneta
Michael Martone


TOKYO
Michael Mejia