Jonathan Safran Foer: Throwing non-existent pebbles

Jonathan Safran Foer was in New York on 11th September 2001. He was sleeping off jet lag after returning to the city from a three-month trip to Spain, delighted to be home again, seeing familiar places and sleeping in his own bed. Then he was woken by a phone call from a friend: "He said, 'You have to turn on the TV, a plane has crashed into the World Trade Center'. And he said, 'I think it's going to be a very strange day'."

Safran Foer's debut, Everything is Illuminated, a dazzlingly inventive novel about a young American Jew returning to the Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grand...

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