Jonathan Safran Foer is a writer and practicing vegetarian. He published his first novel "Everything Is Illuminated" in 2002, winning much critical acclaim and several literary awards including the National Jewish Book Award and The Guardian First Book Award. His second novel "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" dealt with a 9-year-old coming to terms with his father's death in the World Trade Center during 9/11. Foer's most recent work is "Eating Animals," a non-fiction exploration of the factory farm industry in the United States.
Foer graduated from Princeton University in 1998, where he studied with novelist Joyce Carol Oates. He now lives with his wife and son in Brooklyn.
Safran Foer likens the experience of watching films of his novels to hearing his own voice on an answering machine—except far stranger.
“Portnoy’s Complaint” by Philip Roth and “Kalooki Nights” by Howard Jacboson are Safran Foer’s picks for the best novels about the Holocaust—even though they are not explicitly about the genocide.