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Everything is Illuminated (2002) [Novel]
by Jonathan Safran Foer Rating: Weighted - 6.8 / Average - 6.8 of 10 (13 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

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.

Original title: Everything is Illuminated
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionMidlife Crises, Journeys Of Discovery
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics


Edition #1: Everything is Illuminated

Everything is Illuminated (2002)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Not since... 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
  • "Read it, and you'll feel altered, chastened—seared in the fire of something new." Washington Post Book World
  • "Maybe two or three times in a lifetime, a book transcends its genre to become experience. Everything Is Illuminated is an even of this order." Baltimore Sun
  • "A zestfully imagined novel of wonders.... He will win your admiration, and he will break your heart." Joyce Carol Oates
  • "Imagine a novel as verbally cunning as A Clockwork Orange, as harrowing as The Painted Bird, as exuberant and twee as Candide, and you have Everything Is Illuminated.... Read it, and you'll feel altered, chastened—seared in the fire of something new." Marie Arana, Washinton Post Book World
  • "[A] wild, indelible first novel.... The payoff is extraordinary: A fearless, acrobatic, ultimately haunting effort." Janet Maslin, New York Times
  • "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 magazine
  • "Everything Is Illuminated is... nothing less than shattering." San Francisco Chronicle
  • "Comedy and pathos are braided together with extraordinary skill in a haunting debut.... Riveting intensity and originality." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • "One of the most impressive first novels in a long time.... This book is, as its name implies, brilliant." Adrienne Miller, Esquire
  • "An impressive, original debut." Publishers Weekly
  • "He has given us a deeply resonant work that could only be the first great American Jewish novel of the twenty-first century." The Forward
  • "A writer of magnificent energy and obvious talent." Newark Star-Ledger
  • "Read, you can feel the life beating." Philadelphia Inquirer
  • "A book that illuminates so much with such odd and original beauty." Daniel Mendelsohn, New York magazine
  • "Without a doubt, Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel, Everything Is Illuminated, establishes him as one of the best young novelists around.... A generosity of vision that is one of the true mars of a great writer." Time Out New York
  • "Remember his name, for it will accompany you for many, many years to come.... Underneath the wit and the fun, there is a tragic story, which Jonathan tells step-by-step, with suspense and rhythm, unlike anything I have read in a long time. Most accomplished literary masters of our time would not be able to write with the brilliance, truth, and skill of this twenty-five-year-old rookie! I laughed and cried with this book.... A mixture of beautifully crafted language, impeccable narrative structure, and, most important of all, a quality of truth and humanity that allows the reader to identify fully with the story." Isabel Allende
  • "J. S. Foer's Everything Is Illuminated is a novel intricate in structure, fantastical in its story, and irreverent in one hundred different ways." Nathan Englander
  • "It is one of the best novels I've ever been fortunate enough to hold in my hands." Dale Peck
  • "Foer has written a glittering first novel.. with great humor, sympathy, charm, and daring. Every page is illuminated." Jeffrey Eugenides
  • "Clearly, the author of this first novel is an extraordinarily gifted young man. Rare enough, surely, but this young man also happens to possess something approaching wisdom. Don't just check him out. Read him." Russell Banks
  • "Everything Is Illuminated is not only an extraordinary addition to novels about the Holocaust but also the most impressive first novel I've read in years." Sanford Pinsker, Hadassah magazine
  • "You will have to ignore everything you read about this novel. For you will read that Everything Is Illuminated is a work of genius, that its author, at twenty-four, has staked his claim for literary greatness, that it's a new kind of novel, that after it things will never be the same again. You won't believe it and you'll decide not to read the book on principle. And that would be a disaster, because it's all true." London Times
  • "Everyone who takes books seriously is talking about Everything Is Illuminated." NPR's Fresh Air
  • "[An] enormously impressive first novel.... Everything is illuminated, indeed, by this talented artist's furious, glorious starburst of prose." New York Newsday
  • "It's wonderful to think that the very young Jonathan Safran Foer... can be writing so well and with such lofty aspiration. It will be wonderful if he writes many more books." Adam Begley, New York Observer
  • "Have you ever found, after finishing a completely awesome book, that you have so many competing impulses about what to do next that you become frozen by excitement? That is how I feel right now. One thing that I want to do... is tell every single one of my friends that I have just finished reading Everything Is Illuminated, an amazingly funny, adventurous, and powerful novel.... I was dumbstruck with amazement and joy." Vancouver Sun
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Manifested in:

Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel (October 3, 2005)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780141025278
Dimensions: 5 x 7.6 x 0.9 in
Pages: 293

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Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel (August 23, 2005)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780060792176
Dimensions: 5.3 x 7.8 x 0.7 in
Pages: 276

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Everything is Illuminated: A Novel (2004)

Place of publication: Prince Frederick, MD
Publisher: RB Large Print
ISBN: 9781402565335
Pages: 426
Notes: Large print edition

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Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel (April 2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780060529703
Dimensions: 5.2 x 8.2 x 0.8 in
Pages: 276

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Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel (April 16, 2002)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Boston, MA
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
ISBN: 9780618173877
Dimensions: 6.2 x 8.9 x 1 in
Pages: 276

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Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel (2002)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
ISBN: 9780241141663
Pages: 276

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