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Everything Is Illuminated
by Jonathan Safran Foer


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"Jonathan Safran Foer is a young writer defining the voice of great American literature in the 21st century. The combination of the search for Europeans who helped WW II–era Jews and some truly funny writing make this one of the best books I have ever read."
David Kolb, Co-Manager
A writer journeys to the farmlands of eastern Europe to find Augustine, the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis.
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Overview
What We're Reading Now:
"Jonathan Safran Foer is a young writer defining the voice of great American literature in the 21st century. The combination of the search for Europeans who helped WW II–era Jews and some truly funny writing make this one of the best books I have ever read."
David Kolb, Co-Manager
A writer journeys to the farmlands of eastern Europe to find Augustine, the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Passionate and marked by an indelible humanity, "Everything Is Illuminated" mines the black holes of history and is ultimately a story about searching: for people and places that no longer exist and for the tales that link past and future.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780060529703
  • ISBN-10: 0060529709
  • Publisher: Perennial
  • Publish Date: March 2003
  • Page Count: 288
  • Dimensions: 0.75 x 5.25 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds


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Everything Is Illuminated

This dazzling debut from the 24-year-old Foer explores the dark legacy of World War II in Eastern Europe while recounting the quest of a smart young Jewish American (named Jonathan Safran Foer). Accompanied by Alex, his Ukrainian translator, a scrappy dog named Sammy Davis Jr. and Alex's grandfather, Foer travels to Eastern Europe in search of the woman who rescued his own grandfather from the Nazis. Alex narrates the bulk of the book through a series of letters written in fragmented English and filled with his unworldly, often hilarious observations. Foer fills in the rest with a detailed historical portrait of Jewish life in the Ukraine before the Germans invaded. A smart, humorous tribute to Jewish history and culture, this best-selling novel is the work of a whiz-kid. A reading group guide is available in print and online at www.harpercollins.com.

 
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