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Here I am by Jonathan Safran Foer

Here I am

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Not a crime novel or fantasy even if extraneous factors like a terrible earthquake that devastates the state of Israel and causes its enemies to ally to force its final destruction, but a terribly idiosyncratic first novel in 10 years from the author of Everything is Illuminated which I was a great admirer of. The aforesaid cataclysm serves as a background for the slow, finely-etched falling apart at the seams of a Jewish family in Brooklyn. At times truly hilarious and with offspring even more literate and annoying than those in the Outnumbered TV sitcom, this is also a serious examination of modern angst and, at the same time, a devastating X-ray of the intellectual male of the species (as closely modelled on the author himself who went through a divorce with wife and writer Nicole Kraus during the gestation of the novel). It's a book that people will love and hate, a long book, a major book, a curious book. But who said novels were mere entertainment (although at times I did laugh out very loud...)? ~ Maxim Jakubowski

If you like Jonathan Safran Foer you might also like to read books by John Irving, Salman Rushdie and Michael Ondaatje.


Here I am by Jonathan Safran Foer

The New York Times bestselling new novel about modern family lives -- from the author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 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, a masterpiece about how we live now.


'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

'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' New York Times

'Foer writes like a dream... big-hearted, courageous and jaw-droppingly clever' -- Deborah Moggach

'A darkly hilarious mile-a-minute novel' Guardian

'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' Scotsman

'Highly enjoyable and extremely funny... Foer is an absolute master of his fictional universe' Times Literary Supplement

'Emotional depth and dramatic maturity... Unarguably Foer's most substantial and impressive work yet Herald 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

'A brilliantly acrobatic imagination' Sunday Times

About the Author

Jonathan Safran Foer

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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4th May 2017


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Penguin Books Ltd


592 pages


Literary Fiction
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