In turns hilarious and harrowing, the past meets the present and fiction collides with reality in this novel with an unforgettable climax.
With weathered photograph in hand, a young man visits the Ukraine to find the woman who might, or might not, have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by Alex, his youthful and seriously inadequate Ukranian translator, an old man haunted by his memories of the war, and a mongrel bitch named Sammy Davis Jr Jr, he is led on a quixotic search across a devastated landscape and back into an unexpected past.
As their adventure unfolds, the young man imagines - and reanimates - the history of his grandfather's village in the Ukraine, weaving a tapestry of symmetries that unites generations across time. Lit by passion, fear, sex, guilt, memory and hope, the characters of 'Everything Is Illuminated' mine the black holes of history in an arresting blend of high comedy and deep tragedy.
As their journey moves backwards in time, the fantastical history moves forwards, until reality collides with fiction in a heart stopping scene of extraordinary power.