Alles ist erleuchtet

Hardcover, 384 pages

German language

Published Feb. 1, 2003 by Kiepenheuer & Witsch.

ISBN:
978-3-462-03217-8
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OCLC Number:
76450949

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4 stars (49 reviews)

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 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..

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Review of 'Everything is Illuminated' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Everything is illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer’s literary debut, is a book composed of two narrative voices, Alex form Ukraine and Jonathan from America. Jonathan Safran Foer – the author has given his name to one of the main characters in the book – is an American young man that aspires to be an author. He is confused about his own past and he goes to Ukraine to search for Augustine, a woman who fifty years ago saved his grandfather from the Nazis. He also hopes to find material for his first book.

Alex is from Odessa. He is about the same age as Jonathan and he accompanies him as an interpreter and tour guide, in his search for Augustine and his grandfather’s village, Trachimbrod. Alex is desperate to leave Ukraine and go to live in America with his little brother. He dreams about America but in a materialistic way. The …

Review of 'Everything is illuminated' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This is a superbly unusual book. A young American travels to the Ukraine to find a woman he believes saved his grandfather from the concentration camps. He's accompanied by Alex, a young Ukrainian who speaks English in a comical I-wore-out-my-thesaurus type way (as in "I was roosting at the beach," or, "Enough of my miniature talking. I am making you a very bored person"). Since young Alex doesn't have a driver's license, his grandfather (also Alex), who is haunted by memories of the war, is doing the driving. Oh, and the dog, the flatulent Sammy Davis Junior,Junior, is along to provide another touch of comedy.

The stories--both the imagined story of his ancesters written by Jonathan (he's a character in his own book) and Alex's more realistic one, are incredibly sad. It's an intelligent look at the unknowable "truths" that can haunt families, and how the past affects all of …

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