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James Francken: Jonathan Safran Froer, 25 July 2002

Everything Is Illuminated 
by Jonathan SafranFoer.
Hamish Hamilton, 276 pp., £14.99, June 2002, 0 241 14166 4
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... every day from nine until noon so that curious fans can ‘watch her creative juices flow’. At Jonathan SafranFoer’s website – – the interactive pages are more high-minded. The site makes brief mention of Everything Is Illuminated – the American writer’s first novel, written at ...

Like Beavers

Wyatt Mason: Safran Foer’s survival stories, 2 June 2005

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 
by Jonathan SafranFoer.
Hamish Hamilton, 320 pp., £14.99, June 2005, 9780241142134
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... in an introductory note by a Conjunctions associate editor, an unknown 22-year-old American called Jonathan SafranFoer. ‘These pages of Singer’s are not great literature,’ Foer wrote. ‘Surely they were never intended to be published’: But like all great literature, like ...

Desk Job

Deborah Friedell: Bernard Malamud, 15 November 2007

Bernard Malamud: A Writer’s Life 
by Philip Davis.
Oxford, 377 pp., £18.99, September 2007, 978 0 19 927009 5
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... years, Malamud has been championed by a new generation of Jewish-American writers. Dara Horn, Jonathan SafranFoer, Jonathan Lethem and Jonathan Rosen have all written loving introductions to his novels, and sometimes it seems that what they ...

Turtle upon Turtle

Christian Lorentzen: Nathan Englander, 22 March 2012

What We Talk about When We Talk about Anne Frank 
by Nathan Englander.
Weidenfeld, 207 pp., £12.99, February 2012, 978 0 297 86769 2
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... too often choreographed towards a schematic finish. In a conversation in the Guardian the novelist Jonathan SafranFoer told Englander that he admired his work because it ‘didn’t feel corny or sentimental but just the opposite’. Yet Englander’s appropriation of Carver’s title and scene-setting is corny, in the ...

Double Act

Adam Smyth: ‘A Humument’, 11 October 2012

A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel 
by Tom Phillips.
Thames and Hudson, 392 pp., £14.95, May 2012, 978 0 500 29043 9
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... whole thing.’ Recent experiments with the novel’s material form are indebted to Phillips. Jonathan SafranFoer produced Tree of Codes (2010) by cutting away most of the text of his favourite book, Bruno Schulz’s short story collection The Street of Crocodiles (1934; translated into English in 1963), to leave ...

Tides of Treacle

James Wood: Nicole Krauss’s schmaltz, 23 June 2005

The History of Love 
by Nicole Krauss.
Viking, 252 pp., £12.99, May 2005, 0 670 91554 8
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... events nor the burdened child of those poor actors. Krauss’s novel is dedicated to her husband, Jonathan SafranFoer, and to her four grandparents. Startlingly, and with characteristic sentimentality, the dedication page bears a row of four old-fashioned passport photos from the 1930s and 1940s, reminiscent of the ...

Predatory Sex Aliens

Gary Indiana: Burroughs, 8 May 2014

Call Me Burroughs: A Life 
by Barry Miles.
Twelve, 718 pp., £17, January 2014, 978 1 4555 1195 2
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... academics and their MFA spawn, Dickensian verisimilitude courtesy of Wikipedia (cf Rachel Kushner, Jonathan SafranFoer et al). Something of this retrograde motion warps American criticism as well. Even today, when subjects Burroughs treated long before anyone else – the surveillance state, the technological ...

How much meat is too much?

Bee Wilson, 20 March 2014

Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat 
by Philip Lymbery, with Isabel Oakeshott.
Bloomsbury, 426 pp., £12.99, January 2014, 978 1 4088 4644 5
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Planet Carnivore 
by Alex Renton.
Guardian, 78 pp., £1.99, August 2013
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... vile conditions, but for supermarket meat it is the norm by a colossal margin. In Eating Animals, Jonathan SafranFoer noted that there wasn’t enough ‘non-factory chicken produced in America to feed the population of Staten Island’. Farmageddon states that ‘99 per cent of broiler chickens in America’ are ...

Tom Phillips: An Interview

Tom Phillips, Adam Smyth and Gill Partington, 11 October 2012

... I think that theory is … up a gum tree.AS: Can I ask you about two other texts? Have you seen Jonathan SafranFoer’s The Tree of Codes?TP: Jonathan! Jonathan came to see me about ten years ago. He said he really liked A Humument; he said he ...

Alzheimer’s America

Mark Greif: Don DeLillo, 5 July 2007

Falling Man 
by Don DeLillo.
Picador, 246 pp., £16.99, May 2007, 978 0 330 45223 6
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... for his pacification. This is the memory that makes violence impossible. In the final pages of Jonathan SafranFoer’s 9/11 novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Foer introduced simulations of a photograph of a man falling from the World Trade Center. These replicas ...

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