Everything is illuminated

a novel

276 pages

English language

Published Sept. 11, 2003 by Perennial.


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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, however, he is aided in his quest by Alex, a translator with an uncanny ability to mangle English into 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..

3 editions


  • Americans -- Ukraine -- Fiction.
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Ukraine -- Fiction.
  • Jewish families -- Fiction.
  • Grandfathers -- Fiction.
  • Novelists -- Fiction.
  • Young men -- Fiction.
  • Ukraine -- Fiction.