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A Conversation with Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander: New American Haggadah

Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine Street Philadelphia PA 19103
  • Thursday March 8th 2012

Jonathan Safran Foer became a certified literary wunderkind at the age of 25 with his debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, which told the story of a young man's search across the obliterated Ukrainian landscape for the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. His New York Times bestseller, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, was called "an uplifting myth born of the sorrows of 9/11" (Boston Globe). Nathan Englander is the author of The Ministry of Special Cases and For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, which earned him a PEN/Malamud Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kauffman Prize. Read each year around the Seder table, the Haggadah recounts the story of Exodus through prayer and song. Foer offers a new way of understanding the sacred text, with a translation by Nathan Englander and provocative commentary by a collection of major Jewish writers and thinkers.


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