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Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel


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2002 Guardian First Book Award
A New York Times Notable Book for 2002

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Everything Is Illuminated is Jonathan Safran Foer's remarkable debut novel, the story of a young writer named Jonathan Safran Foer traveling in Eastern Europe to find out more about his family's history and its possible connection to (and escape from) the Holocaust. The stories are told through the intertwining voices of Alex, Foer's Ukrainian translator, driver, and general cultural companion, and Foer's novelization of the story of his grandparents. Although Foer's story is moving and intriguing, blending history and fable, Alex's hilarious voice (both archaically formal and littered with pop culture idioms) steals the show. As the novel progresses, however, Alex's rocky English steadily improves, just as his worldview matures into something more tragic and complex. A sharp, startling new voice from an intelligent and passionate young writer, Everything Is Illuminated prompted Adrienne Miller of Esquire to proclaim "One of the most impressive first novels in a long time....[T]his book is, as its name implies, brilliant." Jill, Powells.com

About the Author

Jonathan Safran Foer was born in 1977 in Washington, D.C. He is the editor of the anthology A Convergence of Birds: Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by the Work of Joseph Cornell, a Book Sense 76 selection and a Boston Globe bestseller. His stories have been published in the Paris Review and Conjunctions. Jonathan traveled to Ukraine four years ago to research his grandfather's life. This is his first novel, parts of which appeared in The New Yorker.

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