288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.74 in
April 14, 2015
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0544484002
ISBN - 13: 9780544484009
From the Publisher
"Imagine a novel as verbally cunning asA Clockwork Orange, as harrowing asThe Painted Bird, as exuberant and twee asCandide, and you haveEverything Is Illuminated. . . Read it, and you'll feel altered, chastened - seared in the fire of something new." -Washington Post
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. As his search moves back in time, the fantastical history moves forward, until reality collides with fiction in a heart-stopping scene of extraordinary power.
"A rambunctious tour de force of inventive and intelligent storytelling . . . Foer can place his reader's hand on the heart of human experience, the transcendent beauty of human connections. Read, you can feel the life beating." -Philadelphia Inquirer
About the Author
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER is the author of the novelsEverything is IlluminatedandExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and a work of nonfiction,Eating Animals. His books have won numerous awards and have been translated into 36 languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
"Not since Anthony Burgess's novel A Clockwork Orange has the English language been simultaneously mauled and energized with such brilliance and such brio." - Francine Prose, New York Times Book Review, Notable Books of 2002 "Read it, and you'll feel altered, chastened-seared in the fire of something new." - Washington Post "Comedy and pathos are braided together with extraordinary skill in a haunting debut . . . riveting intensity and originality." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review "A certified wunderkind at twenty-five . . . a funny, moving . . . deeply felt novel about the dangers of confronting the past and the redemption that comes with laughing at it, even when that seems all but impossible." - Time "It's wonderful to think that the very young Jonathan Safran Foer . . . can be writing so well and with such lofty aspriation. It will be wonderful if he writes many more books." - Adam Begley, New York Observer "A book that illuminates so much with such odd and original beauty." - Daniel Mendelsohn, New York Magazine "[A] dazzling literary high-wire act . . . brilliant . . . The payoff is extraordinary: a fearless, acrobatic, ultimately haunting effort." - Janet Maslin, New York Times "[An] enormously impressive first novel . . . Everything is illuminated, indeed, by this talented artist's furious, glorious starburst of prose." - Dan Cryer, Newsday "Maybe two or three times in a lifetime, a book transcends its genre to become experience. Everything Is Illuminated is an even