Con una vecchia fotografia in mano, un giovane studente ebreo americano intraprende un viaggio in Ucraina alla ricerca della donna che (forse) ha salvato suo nonno dai nazisti. Ad accompagnarlo sono il coetaneo ucraino Alex, della locale agenzia «Viaggi Tradizione», suo nonno – affetto da una cecità psicosomatica ma sempre al volante della loro auto – e un cane puzzolente. Il racconto esilarante, ma a tratti anche straziato, del loro itinerario si alterna a una vera e propria saga ebraica, che ripercorre la storia favolosa di un villaggio ucraino dal Settecento fino alla distruzione avvenuta a opera dei nazisti. Un viaggio immaginoso aggrappato ai fili della memoria, fili impregnati di vita vera, storie d’amore, vicende tragiche e farsesche. Un modo tutto nuovo di rileggere il passato per illuminare il nostro presente.
- ISBN: 8823516269
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 336
Sometimes reading makes me so angry Dammit. I’m a freaking mess. I realize this and I accept it. Ugh. Why, Jonathan Safran Foer? Why? Why do you do this to me? And why the hell are you so young? I know that some call you gimmicky and think that you are just a phosphoresce in the pannikin (yes, I, too, h Leggi tutto
Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated (Dutton, 2002) My, what a clever novel! In any case, that, I imagine, is what Jonathan Safran Foer kept saying as he was writing this. And really, much about it is clever. The comparisons to A Clockwork Orange are completely unwarranted, as Alex, Foer's Leggi tutto
I watched the movie of this first and loved it. It was basically a movie about cultural misunderstanding and how people can be cruel without really knowing it. It is a story about what happens when you put an American and someone born out of the Soviet era in the same room and try to make them expla Leggi tutto
You are burned out. So you suggested to your wife that the whole family spend the weekend in a beach resort. You left the house in the morning, drove the whole day and arrived at the resort few hours before the sunset. You dropped your things, donned your beach wear, went barefoot and hurriedly went Leggi tutto
One of the nice things about being stoned is the added dimension of humor or profundity that otherwise inconsequential things can assume in our impression of them. I remember once having my mind blown at the idea of language, and how any two unrelated people, having been raised in the same country a Leggi tutto
when it's 1:20 a.m. and you're thinking about your favorite book of the year (so far) again and you realize you never posted your review and you just havetohavetohaveto let everyone know how much you loved it. Ho-ly shit. https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co... This book was incredible. Truly. I’ve ta Leggi tutto
Gimmicks as substance.
Funny In a Tragic Way What would the English of a bright Ukrainian who had learnt it largely from local pop culture and a thesaurus sound like? Hilarious actually. Especially in the telling of a tale which has both been told so many times, and can never be told adequately: the Holocaust. There are tw Leggi tutto
Sorry but I didn't care for this at all. If Mr. Nobody wrote a book about himself as the main character, and used some uninventive malapropisms to make discussions with a foreigner amusing, the book would be tossed. But wait, Foer went to Yale. Unfortunately for me the quality of his writing shows m Leggi tutto
Probably in the top 3 best books I've read in the past 5 years. It is not an easy book to read, and it is at times bizarre and vaguely offensive. But it is also hearbreaking and heartwarming and funny and thought-provoking. Throughout the novel, Jonathan is referred to as the "hero" by Sasha/Alex, b Leggi tutto
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