Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
I want it!
Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER | NEW NOVEL | 2014
Simon Prosser, Publishing Director of Hamish Hamilton, has acquired British and Commonwealth rights for Jonathan Safran Foer’s third novel, Escape from Children’s Hospital, the follow-up to the internationally-acclaimed, bestselling Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
A fictionalised account of a life-changing event that happened to the author as a nine-year-old - an explosion in a summer camp science class, which left his best friend without skin on his face or hands, and whose brunt the author avoided by inches and for no good reason - this is a story about the shared trauma of childhood, the potential destructiveness of storytelling, and the redemptive power of friendship. Weaving precariously between non-fiction and fiction, and existing at the intersection of different styles (suspense, memoir, imaginative storytelling), the book moves out from that moment in 1985 to the repercussions on the ever-expanding circle of those affected by it.
Explaining his ambition for the book, Jonathan Safran Foer writes: ‘What actually happened that day? What is a novel capable of? These are the two questions I have been living inside of, and I hope they will answer one another: my novel is what happened that day; and a truthful, experiential telling of that day is what the novel is capable of.’
Simon Prosser comments: ‘I couldn’t be more excited about a novel or about a writer - and I am thrilled that we are the first of Jonathan’s publishers to acquire this book.’
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Hemingway (v.): Writing a paper under the influence of alcohol, like noted author Ernest Hemingway. Ex: It’s due tomorrow. I totally have to hemingway that term paper tonight.
Foer: A hipster who has became vegan or vegetarian after reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Eating Animals.” Like Foer himself, he/she may or may not cheat by eating meat on occasion but will still be sure to inflict guilt on any meat-eaters encountered. Also: foerified (vegetarian-inspired). Ex: I watched “Food Inc.” and thought it was good, but I’m not turning into a foer anytime soon.
Langston Hughes: Small middle school in Northern Virginia. Crazy lunch ladies.
Proust: A rather impressive poke to the upper body.