Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, DC, Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the meaning of home - and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear.
"Great book, probably best to read (not listen) it."
Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.
"Far, far better than the print version"
Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On their quixotic quest, the two young men look for Augustine, a woman who might have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis. As past and present merge, hysterically funny moments collide with great tragedy, and an unforgettable story of one family's extraordinary history unfolds.
"What a brilliantly original work!"
Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood - facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child's behalf - his casual questioning took on an urgency His quest for answers ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong.
This is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. Over the course of three weeks in present-day Washington, DC, three sons watch their parents' marriage falter and their family home fall apart. Meanwhile, a larger catastrophe is engulfing another part of the world: a massive earthquake devastates the Middle East, sparking a pan-Arab invasion of Israel. With global upheaval in the background and domestic collapse in the foreground, Jonathan Safran Foer asks us: what is the true meaning of home?
By turns funny, moving, romantic and surreal, and filled with unexpected twists and turns, each of the tales on this lineup has a magical element.
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 he is aided in his quest by Alex, a translator with an uncanny ability to mangle English into bizarre 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.
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, computer consultant, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, amateur astronomer, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, origamist, detective, vegan and collector of butterflies.
"Good book on 9/11 impact on a kid's life"
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, great explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies, Beatles memorabilia, miniature cacti and coral. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks, his inward journey towards some kind of peace takes him on an odyssey through the five boroughs of New York, as he attempts to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet....
"Amazing narration and story but massive techerror"
In this issue: "Losers!" by James Surowiecki; "Maybe It Was the Distance" by Jonathan Safran Foer; "The Book" by Hisham Matar; "At Home in the Past" by Tessa Hadley; "Where Is Luckily" by Rivka Galchen; "In the Picture" by Anthony Lane; "Rhythm Revival" by Carrie Battan; and "The Future Looked Bright" by Peter Schjeldahl.
Best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer reads from his new novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. He is introduced by novelist Michael Cunningham, perhaps best known for The Hours, winner of The Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1998.
Selected Shorts is a weekly public radio show broadcast on over 130 stations to about 300,000 listeners. It is produced by Symphony Space and WNYC Radio and distributed by Public Radio International. The radio show is recorded live at the popular New York City stage show which began in 1985 and still enjoys sell-out audiences today at the Peter Sharp Theater at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th Street in New York City. Selected Shorts is one of the premiere reading series in New York City.
"When the Towers Fell", by David Remnick; "Speechless", by Jonathan Safran Foer; "Dessert", by Colum McCann; "Passengers", by Ian Frazier; "Paying Attention", by Edward Conlon; "Monsters", by Zadie Smith; "Power Grid", by Daniyal Mueenuddin; "Coming Apart", by George Packer; and "Shaping the Void", by Paul Goldberger.
Wie viele junge Menschen schwankte Bestsellerautor Jonathan Safran Foer lange zwischen Fleischgenuss und Vegetarismus hin und her...
20 Under 40", by The Editors of The New Yorker; The Pilot", by Joshua Ferris; "The Entire Northern Side Was Covered with Fire", by Rivka Galchen; "Dayward", by ZZ Packer; and "Here We Aren’t, So Quickly", by Jonathan Safran Foer....
Ein junger Amerikaner kommt in die Ukraine. Er heißt zufällig Jonathan Safran Foer. Im Gepäck hat er das vergilbte Foto einer Frau namens Augustine. Sie soll gegen Ende des 2. Weltkrieges seinen Großvater vor den Nazis gerettet haben. Jonathan will Augustine finden und Trachimbrod, den Ort, aus dem seine Familie stammt. Sein Reiseführer ist ein alter Ukrainer mit einem noch älteren klapprigen Auto, sein Dolmetscher dessen Enkel Alex, ein unglaubliches Großmaul und ein Genie im Verballhornen von Sprache.
Oskar ist neun, er ist Erfinder, Pazifist, Schmuckdesigner und Tamburinspieler - und er hat eine Menge Fragen, auf die er dringend eine Antwort braucht. Wieso gab es den Anschlag vom 11. September? Warum musste sein Vater eines der Opfer sein? Oskar läuft durch New York, immer auf der Suche nach Antworten und nach etwas, dass ihn von den vielen Gedanken in seinem Kopf ablenkt. Safran Foer raubt mit seinem Tempo, seiner Sprachgewalt und seinem halsbrecherischen Witz dem Hörer den Atem. Und er lässt einen verstehen, dass manchmal nur Phantasie hilft, den Irrsinn der Welt zu ertragen.