Everything is Illuminated: Jonathan Safran Foer
Jonathan Safran Foer
Chair: Peter Florence
In this session, Peter Florence discussed literature and celebrity with America’s newest literary wunderkind. Jonathan Safran Foer's debut novel, Everything is Illuminated, tells of a journey to Eastern Europe made by a college student, also named Jonathan Safran Foer. Armed with only a yellowing photograph, he sets out to find the woman who might or might not be a link to the grandfather he never knew. Blending high comedy and deep tragedy, the search moves back in time, the fantastical story moves forward, and they meet in a heart-stopping scene of immense power. The book was the winner of this year's Guardian First Book Award.
Jonathan Safran Foer was born in 1978 and lives in New York. He editedA Convergence of Birds: Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by the Work of Joseph Cornell (2001). And his stories have been published in the Paris Review, Conjunctions and the New Yorker. Everything Is Illuminated is his first novel.
Peter Florence is Director of The Guardian Hay Festival and The Orange Word.