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Jonathan Safran Foer - Author

About the Author

Jonathan Safran Foer was born in 1977 in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Eating Animals. Everything Is Illuminated won several literary prizes, including the National Jewish Book Award and the Guardian First Book Award. His stories have been published in The Paris Review, Conjunctions and the New Yorker. Foer teaches Creative Writing at New York University.

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Featured books by Jonathan Safran Foer

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/05/2006

The film based on the book, starring Sandra bullock and Tom Hanks and Thomas Horn in his debut role, is due for release in UK cinemas 17 February 2012. See below for a trailer. In a vase in a closet, a couple of years after his father died in 9/11, nine-year-old Oskar discovers a key...The key belonged to his father, he's sure of that. But which of New York's 162 million locks does it open? So begins a quest that takes Oskar - inventor, letter-writer and amateur detective - across New York's five boroughs and into the jumbled lives of friends, relatives and complete strangers. He gets heavy boots, he gives himself little bruises and he inches ever nearer to the heart of a family mystery that stretches back fifty years. But will it take him any closer to, or even further from, his lost father?

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We are the Weather Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

We are the Weather Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/2019

From the bestselling author of Eating Animals and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - a brilliant, fresh take on climate change and what we can do about it Climate crisis is the single biggest threat to human survival. And it is happening right now. We all understand that time is running out - but do we truly believe it? And, caught between the seemingly unimaginable and the apparently unthinkable, how can we take the first step towards action, to arrest our race to extinction? We can begin with our knife and fork. The link between farming animals and the climate crisis is barely discussed, because giving up our meat-based diets feels like an impossible ask. But we don't have to go cold turkey. Cutting out animal products for just part of the day is enough to change the world. The task of saving the planet will involve a great reckoning with ourselves - with our all-too-human reluctance to sacrifice immediate comfort for the sake of the future. But we have done it before and we can do it again. Collective action is the way to save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat, and don't eat, for breakfast. With his distinctive wit, insight and humanity, Jonathan Safran Foer presents the essential debate of our time as no one else could, bringing it to vivid and urgent life and offering us all a much-needed way out.

We are the Weather Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

We are the Weather Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2019

From the bestselling author of Eating Animals and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - a brilliant, fresh take on climate change and what we can do about it Climate crisis is the single biggest threat to human survival. And it is happening right now. We all understand that time is running out - but do we truly believe it? And, caught between the seemingly unimaginable and the apparently unthinkable, how can we take the first step towards action, to arrest our race to extinction? We can begin with our knife and fork. The link between farming animals and the climate crisis is barely discussed, because giving up our meat-based diets feels like an impossible ask. But we don't have to go cold turkey. Cutting out animal products for just part of the day is enough to change the world. The task of saving the planet will involve a great reckoning with ourselves - with our all-too-human reluctance to sacrifice immediate comfort for the sake of the future. But we have done it before and we can do it again. Collective action is the way to save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat, and don't eat, for breakfast. With his distinctive wit, insight and humanity, Jonathan Safran Foer presents the essential debate of our time as no one else could, bringing it to vivid and urgent life and offering us all a much-needed way out.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER ADAPTED INTO A FEATURE FILM WITH TOM HANKS From the critically acclaimed author of Here I Am, Everything is Illuminated and We are the Weather - a heartrending and unforgettable novel set in the aftermath of the 9/11 'Utterly engaging, hugely involving, tragic, funny and intensely moving... A heartbreaker' Spectator 'The most incredible fictional nine-year-old ever created... a funny, heart-rending portrayal of a child coping with disaster. It will have you biting back the tears' Glamour 'Pulsates with dazzling ideas' Times Literary Supplement 'It's a miracle... So impeccably imagined, so courageously executed, so everlastingly moving' Baltimore Sun 'Jonathan Safran Foer is a writer of considerable brilliance' Observer In a vase in a closet, a couple of years after his father died in 9/11, nine-year-old Oskar discovers a key... The key belonged to his father, he's sure of that. But which of New York's 162 million locks does it open? So begins a quest that takes Oskar - inventor, letter-writer and amateur detective - across New York's five boroughs and into the jumbled lives of friends, relatives and complete strangers. He gets heavy boots, he gives himself little bruises and he inches ever nearer to the heart of a family mystery that stretches back fifty years. But will it take him any closer to, or even further from, his lost father?

Here I Am

Here I Am

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2017

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the bestselling author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Everything is Illuminated and We are the Weather - a rich and moving novel about modern family lives and the ties that bind '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' The Times '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 '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' Time 'Astonishing. So sad and so funny and so wry' Scotland on Sunday 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 . . . Confronting the enduring question of what it means to be human with inventiveness, playfulness and compassion, Here I Am is a great American family novel for our times, an unmissable read for fans of Jonathan Franzen and Michael Chabon, a masterpiece about how we live now.

Hier bin ich

Hier bin ich

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer Format: eBook Release Date: 10/11/2016

Wie konnen wir all die Rollen, die wir zu spielen haben, glaubhaft unter einen Hut bekommen? Wie gleichzeitig Sohn, Vater und Ehemann sein? Oder Mutter, Ehefrau und Geliebte? Erwachsener und Kind? Oder gar Amerikaner und Jude? Wie konnen wir wir selbst sein, wenn unser Leben doch so eng mit allen anderen verbunden ist? Diese Fragen stehen im Zentrum von Jonathan Safran Foers erstem Roman seit elf Jahren. "e;Hier bin ich"e; erzhlt von vier turbulenten Wochen im Leben einer Familie in tiefer Krise. Julia und Jacob haben sich auseinandergelebt, doch wie knnten sie sich trennen, ohne dass ihre drei Shne darunter leiden oder gar sie selbst? Immer wieder diskutieren sie alle Szenarien durch, kmmern sich aufopferungsvoll um den inkontinenten Hund und die bevorstehende Bar Mitzwa des ltesten Sohns. Gerade als die israelische Verwandtschaft zur Familienfeier in Washington, D.C. eintrifft, ereignet sich ein katastrophales Erdbeben im Nahen Osten, das die Invasion Israels zur Folge hat. Die Fragen "e;Was ist Heimat? Was bedeutet Zuhause?"e; stellen sich noch einmal ganz neu, auch fr Jacob. Jonathan Safran Foer schreibt sich mit seinem dritten Roman endgltig in den Olymp der amerikanischen Literatur.

Everything is Illuminated

Everything is Illuminated

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2016

THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING NOVEL ADAPTED INTO A FEATURE FILM WITH ELIJAH WOOD From the bestselling author of Here I Am, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and We are the Weather - a hilarious, life-affirming and utterly original novel about the search for truth - now available as a pocket-sized Penguin Essential 'Gripping, hilariously funny and deeply serious. An astonishing feat of writing' The Times 'One of the most impressive novel debuts of recent years' Joyce Carol Oates, Times Literary Supplement 'A first novel of startling originality' Jay McInerney, Observer 'It seems hard to believe that such a young writer can have such a deep understanding of both comedy and tragedy' Erica Wagner, The Times 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. What they find turns all their worlds upside down...

Animals and the Human Imagination A Companion to Animal Studies

Animals and the Human Imagination A Companion to Animal Studies

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer, Wendy Doniger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2012

Human beings have long imagined their subjectivity, ethics, and ancestry with and through animals, yet not until the mid-twentieth century did contemporary thought reflect critically on animals' significance in human self-conception. Thinkers such as French philosopher Jacques Derrida, South African novelist J. M. Coetzee, and American theorist Donna Haraway have initiated rigorous inquiries into the question of the animal, now blossoming in a number of directions. It is no longer strange to say that if animals did not exist, we would have to invent them. This interdisciplinary and cross-cultural collection reflects the growth of animal studies as an independent field and the rise of animality as a critical lens through which to analyze society and culture, on a par with race and gender. Essays consider the role of animals in the human imagination and the imagination of the human; the worldviews of indigenous peoples; animal-human mythology in early modern China; and political uses of the animal in postcolonial India. They engage with the theoretical underpinnings of the animal protection movement, representations of animals in children's literature, depictions of animals in contemporary art, and the philosophical positioning of the animal from Aristotle to Derrida. The strength of this companion lies in its timeliness and contextual diversity, which makes it essential reading for students and researchers while further developing the parameters of the discipline.

Animals and the Human Imagination A Companion to Animal Studies

Animals and the Human Imagination A Companion to Animal Studies

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer, Wendy Doniger Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2012

Human beings have long imagined their subjectivity, ethics, and ancestry with and through animals, yet not until the mid-twentieth century did contemporary thought reflect critically on animals' significance in human self-conception. Thinkers such as French philosopher Jacques Derrida, South African novelist J. M. Coetzee, and American theorist Donna Haraway have initiated rigorous inquiries into the question of the animal, now blossoming in a number of directions. It is no longer strange to say that if animals did not exist, we would have to invent them. This interdisciplinary and cross-cultural collection reflects the growth of animal studies as an independent field and the rise of animality as a critical lens through which to analyze society and culture, on a par with race and gender. Essays consider the role of animals in the human imagination and the imagination of the human; the worldviews of indigenous peoples; animal-human mythology in early modern China; and political uses of the animal in postcolonial India. They engage with the theoretical underpinnings of the animal protection movement, representations of animals in children's literature, depictions of animals in contemporary art, and the philosophical positioning of the animal from Aristotle to Derrida. The strength of this companion lies in its timeliness and contextual diversity, which makes it essential reading for students and researchers while further developing the parameters of the discipline.

Haggadah

Haggadah

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/02/2012

From the bestselling author of Here I Am, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and We are the Weather - Jonathan Safran Foer presents a new edition of the sacred Jewish Haggadah Read each year around the Seder table, the Haggadah recounts through prayer and song the extraordinary story of Exodus, when Moses led the ancient Israelites out of slavery in Egypt to wander through the desert for forty years before reaching the Promised Land. In this new version of the traditional Haggadah text, Jonathan Safran Foer brings together some of the most preeminent voices of our time. Nathan Englander's new translation, beautifully designed and illustrated in full colour by the Israeli artist and typographer Oded Ezer, is accompanied by thought-provoking commentaries by four major Jewish writers and thinkers: Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Lemony Snicket, Jeffrey Goldberg and Nathaniel Deutsch; plus a timeline by Mia Sara Bruch.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 17/02/2012

Now a major Hollywood blockbuster starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. 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 llth attacks on the World Trade Centre, 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...

Alles ist erleuchtet

Alles ist erleuchtet

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2011

"e;Ein Debut, wie es lange keines gegeben hat: In seinem Roman Alles ist erleuchtet vollbringt Jonathan Safran Foer das Wunder der erfundenen Erinnerung."e; Hubert Spiegel, Frankfurter Allgemeine ZeitungMan lacht und weint und ist hingerissen vom Talent eines jungen Autors. Er erzhlt die phantastische Geschichte eines jdischen Schtetls, das Schicksal seiner Familie whrend des Holocaust und die Abenteuer eines jungen Amerikaners, der aufgebrochen ist, um die Vergangenheit zu suchen. Ein junger Amerikaner kommt in die Ukraine. Er heit zufllig Jonathan Safran Foer. Im Gepck hat er das vergilbte Foto einer Frau namens Augustine. Sie soll gegen Ende des 2. Weltkrieges seinen Grovater vor den Nazis gerettet haben. Jonathan will Augustine finden und Trachimbrod, den Ort, aus dem seine Familie stammt. Sein Reisefhrer ist ein alter Ukrainer mit einem noch lteren klapprigen Auto, sein Dolmetscher dessen Enkel Alex, ein unglaubliches Gromaul und ein Genie im Verballhornen von Sprache. Mit von der Partie ist noch Sammy Davis jr. jr., eine neurotische Promenadenmischung mit einer Leidenschaft fr Jonathan, der Angst vor Hunden hat. Die Reise fhrt durch eine verwstete Gegend und in eine Zeit des Grauens. Alex berichtet in seiner unnachahmlichen Sprache von den Abenteuern und irrsinnigen Missverstndnissen whrend dieser Fahrt, Jonathan erzhlt die phantastische Geschichte Trachimbrods bis zum furchtbaren Ende, und der alte Ukrainer begegnet den Gespenstern seiner Vergangenheit. Alex und Jonathan aber sind zum Schluss der Reise Freunde geworden. bersetzungsrechte in fast 20 Sprachen vergeben.

Extrem laut und unglaublich nah

Extrem laut und unglaublich nah

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2011

Extrem gut und unglaublich gelungen - der neue Roman von Jonathan Safran Foer Wie wunderbar er erzahlen kann, hat Jonathan Safran Foer schon in seinem ersten Roman Alles ist erleuchtet bewiesen. Mit der unvergesslichen Geschichte des kleinen Oskar Schell, der am 11. September den Vater verloren hat, zeigt Foer erneut sein literarisches Konnen. Ein mutiges Buch, gefuhlsstark, traurig und komisch zugleich. Oskar Schell ist neun Jahre alt. Wie er auf seiner Visitenkarte mitteilt, ist er Pazifist, Erfinder, Schmuckdesigner, Tamburinspieler. Vor allem aber ist er tief traurig und verstrt ber den Tod seines Vaters. Mit dem Tamburin luft Oskar durch New York, auf der Suche nach einem Trschloss, in das ein geheimnisvoller Schlssel aus den Hinterlassenschaften des Vaters passen knnte. Auf dieser Odyssee begegnet Oskar, der den Grund fr den sinnlosen Tod des Vaters herausfinden will, vielen ungewhnlichen Menschen und gert in aberwitzige Abenteuer. Verbunden mit Oskars Geschichte ist die seiner deutschen Groeltern, die nach der Bombardierung Dresdens, gezeichnet von Trauer und Verlust, nach New York geflchtet sind. Drei Schicksale, drei Stimmen. Foer gelingt es, das bewegende Schicksal einer Familie darzustellen und zu zeigen, dass Schmerz und Komik, Sprachlosigkeit und Absurditt unglaublich nah beieinander liegen. Der Text ist durchzogen von Bildern, die Oskars Vorstellungen illustrieren und vertiefen. Extrem laut und unglaublich nah ist ein literarisches Ereignis. Extrem laut und unglaublich nah erscheint in ber 12 Lndern. Der Titel erscheint als Hrbuch im Argon Verlag.

Eating Animals

Eating Animals

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/01/2011

NOW A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM NARRATED BY NATALIE PORTMAN From the bestselling author of the essential new 2019 book on animal agriculture and climate crisis: We are the Weather Discover Jonathan Safran Foer's eye-opening and life-changing account of the meat we eat 'Should be compulsory reading. A genuine masterwork. Read this book. It will change you' Time Out 'Shocking, incandescent, brilliant' The Times 'Everyone who eats flesh should read this book' Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall 'Universally compelling. Jonathan Safran Foer's book changed me' Natalie Portman 'Gripping [and] original. A brilliant synthesis of argument, science and storytelling. One of the finest books ever written on the subject of eating animals' Times Literary Supplement 'Horrifying, eloquent, timely' Spectator 'If you eat meat and fish, you should read this book. Even if you don't, you should. It might bring the beginning of a change of heart about all living things' Joanna Lumley Eating Animals is the most original and urgent book on the subject of food written this century. It will change the way you think, and change the way you eat. For good. Whether you're flirting with veganuary, trying to cut back on animal consumption, or a lifelong meat-eater, you need to read this book.

Eating Animals

Eating Animals

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2010

NOW A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM NARRATED BY NATALIE PORTMAN From the bestselling author of the essential new 2019 book on animal agriculture and climate crisis: We are the Weather Discover Jonathan Safran Foer's eye-opening and life-changing account of the meat we eat 'Should be compulsory reading. A genuine masterwork. Read this book. It will change you' Time Out 'Shocking, incandescent, brilliant' The Times 'Everyone who eats flesh should read this book' Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall 'Universally compelling. Jonathan Safran Foer's book changed me' Natalie Portman 'Gripping [and] original. A brilliant synthesis of argument, science and storytelling. One of the finest books ever written on the subject of eating animals' Times Literary Supplement 'Horrifying, eloquent, timely' Spectator 'If you eat meat and fish, you should read this book. Even if you don't, you should. It might bring the beginning of a change of heart about all living things' Joanna Lumley Eating Animals is the most original and urgent book on the subject of food written this century. It will change the way you think, and change the way you eat. For good. Whether you're flirting with veganuary, trying to cut back on animal consumption, or a lifelong meat-eater, you need to read this book.

Tiere essen

Tiere essen

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2010

"e;Ich liebe Wurste auch, aber ich esse sie nicht."e; Jonathan Safran Foer in der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung"e;Tiere essen"e; ist ein leidenschaftliches Buch ber die Frage, was wir essen und warum. Der hoch gelobte amerikanische Romancier und Bestsellerautor Jonathan Safran Foer hat ein aufrttelndes Buch ber Fleischkonsum und dessen Folgen geschrieben, das weltweit Furore macht und bei uns mit Spannung erwartet wird. Wie viele junge Menschen schwankte Jonathan Safran Foer lange zwischen Fleischgenuss und Vegetarismus hin und her. Als er Vater wurde und er und seine Frau berlegten, wie sie ihr Kind ernhren wrden, bekamen seine Fragen eine neue Dringlichkeit: Warum essen wir Tiere? Wrden wir sie auch essen, wenn wir wssten, wo sie herkommen?Foer strzt sich mit Leib und Seele in sein Thema. Er recherchiert auf eigene Faust, bricht nachts in Tierfarmen ein, konsultiert einschlgige Studien und spricht mit zahlreichen Akteuren und Experten. Vor allem aber geht er der Frage auf den Grund, was Essen fr den Menschen bedeutet. Auch Foer kennt die trostspendende Kraft einer fleischhaltigen Lieblingsmahlzeit, die seit Generationen in einer Familie gekocht wird. In einer brillanten Synthese aus Philosophie, Literatur, Wissenschaft und eigenen Undercover-Reportagen bricht Foer in "e;Tiere essen"e; eine Lanze fr eine bewusste Wahl. Er hinterfragt die Geschichten, die wir uns selbst erzhlen, um unser Essverhalten zu rechtfertigen, und die dazu beitragen, dass wir der Wirklichkeit der Massentierhaltung und deren Konsequenzen nicht ins Auge sehen. "e;Tiere essen"e; besticht durch eine elegante Sprache, berraschende Denkfiguren und viel Humor. Foer zeigt ein groes Herz fr menschliche Schwchen, lsst sich aber in seinem leidenschaftlichen Pldoyer fr die Mglichkeiten ethischen Handelns nicht bremsen. Eine unverzichtbare Lektre fr jeden Menschen, der ber sich und die Welt - und seinen Platz in ihr - nachdenkt. Mit einem eigens fr die deutsche Ausgabe geschriebenen Vorwort von Jonathan Safran Foer. "e;Diese Geschichte begann nicht als ein Buch. Ich wollte nur wissen - fr mich und fr meine Familie - was Fleisch eigentlich ist. Wo kommt es her? Wie wird es produziert? Welche Folgen hat unser Fleischkonsum fr die Wirtschaft, die Gesellschaft und unsere Umwelt? Gibt es Tiere, die man bedenkenlos essen kann? Gibt es Situationen, in denen der Verzicht auf Fleisch falsch ist? Warum essen wir kein Hundefleisch? Was als persnliche Untersuchung begann, wurde rasch sehr viel mehr als das Jonathan Safran FoerDer Titel enthlt eine vom Vegetarierbund Deutschlands (VEBU) zusammengestellte bersicht zur Sachlage der Massentierhaltung in der Bundesrepublik.