Everything Is Illuminated
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.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., c2002
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276 p. ;,24 cm
From Library Staff
Part family history, part wildly impossible tall tale, tells the story of a college student who goes off on a journey to unearth the secrets of his family history.
American college student Jonathan Safran Foer sets out (along with Ukrainian travel agent Alex Perchov, Alex's depressive grandfather, and the family dog) to find the village where a Ukrainian woman might or might not have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis during World War II.
A young writer travels to Eastern Europe where he embarks on a quest to find Augustine, the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Guided by his young Ukrainian translator, he discovers an unexpected past that will resonate far into the future.