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Writers in New York
New York
Décembre 2009

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JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER


foerJewish-American author Jonathan Safran Foer e was born in 1977 in Washington, D.C., and earned his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University. While an undergraduate, Foer earned creative writing prizes from Princeton all four years. Under the guidance of Joyce Carol Oates, he finished a manuscript of Everything is Illuminated before graduating in philosophy.


foer1Every thing is illuminated
Penguin
- LAN Ang R FOE
A young man arrives in the Ukraine, clutching in his hand a tattered photograph. He is searching for the woman who fifty years ago saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Unfortunately, he is aided in his quest by Alex, a translator with an uncanny ability to mangle English into bizarre new forms ; a "blind" old man haunted by memories of the war ; and an undersexed guide dog named Sammy Davis Jr, Jr. What they are looking for seems elusive — a truth hidden behind veils of time, language and the horrors of war. What they find turns all their worlds upside down. Guardian First Book Award 2002.

foer2Extremely loud & incredibly close
H. Hamilton
- LAN Ang R FOE
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies, Beatles memorabilia, state quarters, miniature cacti and coral. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, his inward journey towards some kind of peace takes him on an odyssey through the five boroughs of New York, as he attempts to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father’s closet...

SIRI HUSTVEDT


hustvedtSiri Hustvedt’s first novel, The Blindfolded, was published in 1993 followed by The Enchantment of Lily Dahl in 1997. Her third novel, What I loved, was published in 2003 to great acclaim and has been an international bestseller. She is also the author of a poetry collection and essays. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband Paul Auster.


hustvedt1The Sorrows of an American
Sceptre
- LAN Ang R HUS
After their father’s funeral, Erik and Inga Davidsen find a cryptic letter from a woman among his papers, dating from his adolescence in rural Minnesota during the Depression. Returning to his psychiatric practice in New York, Erik sets about reading his father’s memoir, hoping to discover the man he never fully knew. At the same time, another woman enters Erik’s lonely, divorced life - a beautiful Jamaican who moves into his garden flat with her small daughter.

hustvedt2What I loved
Sceptre
- LAN Ang R HUS
This is the story of two men who first become friends in 1970s New York, of the women in their lives, and of their sons, born the same year. Both Leo Hertzberg, an art historian, and Bill Weschler, a painter, are cultured, decent men, but neither is equipped to deal with what happens to their children - Leo’s son drowns when he’s 12, while Bill’s son Mark grows up to be a delinquent, and the acolyte of a sinister, guru-like artist who spawns murder in his wake. Spanning the hedonism of the eighties and the chill-out nineties, this multi-layered novel combines a plot of mounting menace with a deeply moving account of familial relationships.

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