Book of Numbers - Page 485 - 547 Summary & Analysis

Joshua Cohen
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At the beginning of "10/14, Frankfurt," Cohen the Narrator makes it to Frankfurt, Germany by train. He sees a large man sitting across from him, whose reflection he tries to show in his bald spot. There is another passenger he sees who is "[n]ot ereading an ebook" (489). Cohen the Narrator mentions how no tangible items (like cards, which were used for censuses before 1880's to 1890's) are used to bookmark ebooks. The census was a way of collecting information on citizens, which became partially, then fully, automated. Cohen the Narrator also likens genocide to publishing, saying that the numerous proofs that a manuscript goes through are murdered and that "writers are murdered mainly by their publishers, by being sent off to press and then to market" (491). Now, every year, American literary editors, agents, and publishers fly to Germany in order to sell their...

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