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Jonathan S Foer - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

September 12th, 2007

Episode 141 of 347 episodes

Harriett Gilbert talks this month to American writer Jonathan Safran Foer about his novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Set in the aftermath of 9/11, it is the story of a young boy coming to terms with the tragedy of his father's death in the World Trade Centre. After finding a mysterious key left behind in his Dad's closet, Oskar sets out across New York hoping to find some answers. Both a meditation on pain, loss and the healing power of love - as well as an examination of the psyche of post 9/11 New York - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a novel that lingers in the mind. (Image: Jonathan S Foer. Credit: Giuseppe Aliprandi)

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