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Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer was born in 1977. His first novel Everything is Illuminated was published by Houghton Mifflin in April 2002 and an extract was published in The New Yorker's annual D├ębut Fiction Issue. It was reprinted in hardback seven times and quickly established itself as a bestseller in US, and throughout Europe. The paperback edition was published in April 2003 and went straight on to the bestseller list.

Foer has had stories published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review and Conjunctions. He is the editor of a bestselling anthology of writing inspired by the bird boxes of Joseph Cornell - A Convergence of Birds (DAP, May '01). His second novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close will be published in 2005.

Everything is Illuminated has been honored with the following awards: the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction 2002, the Guardian Book Prize '02 (UK), New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award, the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, the Harold U. Ribalow Award, the Corine International Book Prize 2003 (Germany) and the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship. It also received a nomination for the Los Angeles Times Book Award First Fiction 2002 and won the Prix Amphi 2004 (France).

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Jonathan Safran Foer Facts

BirthplaceWashington, District of Columbia, USA

Selected Filmography

Here One Minute
Simon Schama with Jonathan Safran Foer: The Story of the Jews
Charlie Rose with Caroline Kennedy; Jonathan Safran Foer; Elvis Costello
'If This Is Kosher' by Narrated by Author Jonathan Safran Foer
Charlie Rose
Everything Is Illuminated
Charlie Rose with Paul Volcker; Mark Danner; Liev Schreiber
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
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