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Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel

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With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man - also named Jonathan Safran Foer - sets out to find the woman who might or might not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war, an amorous dog named Sammy Davis, Junior, Junior, and the unforgettable Alex, a young Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English, Jonathan is led on a quixotic journey over a devastated landscape and into an unexpected past.

As their adventure unfolds, Jonathan imagines the history of his grandfather's village, conjuring a magical fable of startling symmetries that unite generations across time. Lit by passion, fear, guilt, memory, and hope, the characters in Everything Is Illuminated mine the black holes of history. As the search moves back in time, the fantastical history moves forward, until reality collides with fiction in a heart-stopping scene of extraordinary power.

An arresting blend of high comedy and great tragedy, this is a story about searching for people and places that no longer exist, for the hidden truths that haunt every family, and for the delicate but necessary tales that link past and future. Exuberant and wise, hysterically funny and deeply moving, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED is an astonishing debut.

Synopsis:

Hilarious, energetic, and profoundly touching, a debut novel follows a young writer as he travels to the farmlands of eastern Europe, where he embarks on a quest to find Augustine, the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis, and, guided by his young Ukrainian translator, he discovers an unexpected past that will resonate far into the future. Excerpt in The New Yorker.

About the Author

JONATHAN SAFRAN FOERs work has appeared in the Paris Review,the New York Times, and The New Yorker. He is the author of two novels and Eating Animals,a work of nonfiction.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547523781
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author:
Jonathan Safran Foer
Author:
Foer, Jonathan Safran
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Grandfathers
Subject:
Novelists
Subject:
Ukraine
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Jewish families
Subject:
Jewish fiction.
Subject:
Audio Books-Literature
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Fiction : Humorous
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20020416
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.75 in 1.2 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 288 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - English 9780547523781 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Hilarious, energetic, and profoundly touching, a debut novel follows a young writer as he travels to the farmlands of eastern Europe, where he embarks on a quest to find Augustine, the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis, and, guided by his young Ukrainian translator, he discovers an unexpected past that will resonate far into the future. Excerpt in The New Yorker.
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