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A monumental new novel from the bestselling author of" Everything Is Illuminated" and" Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"
In the book of Genesis, when God calls out, Abraham before ordering him to sacrifice his son, Isaac, Abraham responds, Here I am. Later, when Isaac calls out, My father before asking him why there is no animal to slaughter, Abraham responds, Here I am.

How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father, husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others ? These are the questions at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer s first novel in eleven years a work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy.

Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., "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.

Showcasing the same high-energy inventiveness, hilarious irreverence, and emotional urgency that readers loved in his earlier work, " Here I Am "is Foer s most searching, hard-hitting, and grandly entertaining novel yet. It not only confirms Foer s stature as a dazzling literary talent but reveals a novelist who has fully come into his own as one of our most important writers."

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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780374280024
ISBN-10: 0374280029
Pagini: 592
Dimensiuni: 150 x 231 x 43 mm
Greutate: 0.82 kg
Editura: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Notă biografică

Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Eating Animals and Here I Am. He has also edited a new modern edition of the sacred Jewish Haggadah. Everything Is Illuminated won several literary prizes, including the National Jewish Book Award and the Guardian First Book Award. He edited the anthology A Convergence of Birds: Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by the Work of Joseph Cornell, and his stories have been published in the Paris Review, Conjunctions and the New Yorker. Jonathan Safran Foer teaches Creative Writing at New York University.


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Brilliant, masterly, always original
Towering and glorious: a tale of social, familial and marital breakdown . . . and the End of the World. The funniest literary novel I have ever read
An ambitious platter of intellection and emotion. Its observations are crisp; its intimations of doom resonate; its jokes are funny. Foer's best and most caustic novel, filled with so much pain and regret that your heart sometimes struggles to hold it all. Has more teeming life in it than several hundred well-meaning and well-reviewed books of midlist fiction put together
Foer writes like a dream. . . big-hearted, courageous and jaw-droppingly clever
A darkly hilarious mile-a-minute novel
Foer has stretched and expanded the possibilities of the novel without losing either intellectual integrity or emotional honesty. Here I Am is not just bold, it is brave... It will be remembered when all the dinner party novels are long forgotten
Highly enjoyable and extremely funny... Foer is an absolute master of his fictional universe
Emotional depth and dramatic maturity... Unarguably Foer's most substantial and impressive work yet
Lays bare the interior of a marriage with such intelligence and deep feeling and pitiless clarity, it's impossible to read it and not re-examine your own family.
A brilliantly acrobatic imagination
Provocative . . . very, very funny. Dialogue pings, as animated and inventive as an Aaron Sorkin script.
Terrific, truthful, extremely funny and heartbreaking.
A rich, beautifully written, ambitious and grandly moving novel, which looks both at the world at large and at the deepest concerns of individual lives.
Astonishing. So sad and so funny and so wry. The book that The Corrections ought to have been

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'Very, very funny. Dialogue pings, as animated and inventive as an Aaron Sorkin script' Sunday Times
Jacob and Julia Bloch are about to be tested . . .
By Jacob's grandfather, who won't go quietly into a retirement home.
By the family reunion, that everyone is dreading.
By their son's heroic attempts to get expelled.
And by the sexting affair that will rock their marriage.
A typical modern American family, the Blochs cling together even as they are torn apart. Which is when catastrophe decides to strike . . .
'Towering and glorious: a tale of social, familial and marital breakdown and the End of the World' The Times
'Terrific, truthful, extremely funny and heartbreaking' New Statesman
'A rich, beautifully written, ambitious and grandly moving novel, which looks both at the world at large and at the deepest concerns of individual lives' Evening Standard
'Brilliant, masterly, always original' New York Times
'Astonishing. So sad and so funny and so wry' Scotland on Sunday
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