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Everything is illuminated : a novel /
Jonathan Safran Foer.
imprint
London : Penguin, 2003.
description
276 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN
0141008253, 9780141008257
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imprint
London : Penguin, 2003.
isbn
0141008253
9780141008257
abstract
With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man -- also named Jonathan Safran Foer -- sets out to find the woman who may or may 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.
catalogue key
11919775
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, USA, 2002 : Nominated
National Jewish Book Awards, USA, 2002 : Won
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New York Times Book Review, April 2003
Guardian UK, March 2010
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"An astonishing feat" THE TIMES A young man arrives in the Ukraine, clutching in his hand a tattered photograph. He is searching for the woman who fifty years ago saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Unfortunately, he is aided in his quest by Alex, a translator with an uncanny ability to mangle English into bizarre new forms; a "blind" old man haunted by memories of the war; and an undersexed guide dog named Sammy Davis Jr, Jr. What they are looking for seems elusive -- a truth hidden behind veils of time, language and the horrors of war. What they find turns all their worlds upside down.
Main Description
A young man arrives in the Ukraine, clutching in his hand a tattered photograph. He is searching for the woman who fifty years ago saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Unfortunately, however, he is aided in his quest by Alex, a translator with an uncanny ability to mangle English into bizarre new forms: a 'blind' old man haunted by memories of the war; and an undersexed guide dog named Sammy Davis Jr, Jr. What they are looking for seems elusive - a truth hidden behind veils of time, language and the horrors of war. What they find turns all their worlds upside down . . .
Main Description
A young man arrives in the Ukraine, clutching in his hand a tattered photograph. He is searching for the woman who fifty years ago saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Unfortunately, however, he is aided in his quest by Alex, a translator with an uncanny ability to mangle English into bizarre new forms: a 'blind' old man haunted by memories of the war; and an undersexed guide dog named Sammy Davis Jr, Jr. What they are looking for seems elusive a truth hidden behind veils of time, language and the horrors of war. What they find turns all their worlds upside down . . .
Main Description
Everything Is Illuminated is Jonathan Safran Foer's bestselling novel of a search for truthThe inspiration for the Liev Schreiber film, starring Elijah WoodA young man arrives in the Ukraine, clutching in his hand a tattered photograph. He is searching for the woman who fifty years ago saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Unfortunately, he is aided in his quest by Alex, a translator with an uncanny ability to mangle English into bizarre new forms; a "blind" old man haunted by memories of the war; and an undersexed guide dog named Sammy Davis Jr, Jr. What they are looking for seems elusive -- a truth hidden behind veils of time, language and the horrors of war. What they find turns all their worlds upside down . . . 'An astonishing feat of writing: hilariously funny and deeply serious, a gripping narrative. Extraordinary'The Times'One of the most impressive novel debuts of recent years'Joyce Carol Oates, The Times Literary Supplement'A first novel of startling originality'Jay McInerney, Observer'Showy, smart. Made me laugh a lot'Susan Sontag, The Times Literary Supplement'It seems hard to believe that such a young writer can have such a deep understanding of both comedy and tragedy'Erica Wagner, The Times'A box of treasures'LA Times''Funny, life affirming, brilliant'EsquireJonathan Safran Foer was born in 1977. He is the author of Everything is Illuminated, which won the National Jewish Book Award and the Guardian First Book award; Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which is now a major film starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock; and Eating Animals. He is also the editor of A Convergence of Birds.
Main Description
In the summer after his junior year of college, a writer--also named Jonathan Safran Foer--journeys to the farmlands of eastern Europe. Armed with only a yellowing photograph, he sets out to find the woman who, he has been told, saved his grandfather from the Nazis.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This text concerns a young man who travels to the Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Surprisingly, the novel is said to succeed in incorporating high comic mayhem into the sombre theme.

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