Safran Foer's 'Here I Am' Explores Divorce Between Liberal Jewish Americans and Israel
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Because of Israel's growing ethno-nationalism, embarrassment has replaced guilt as many young Jewish Americans' dominant feeling toward Israel.
"Here I Am" is Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel after 11 years. Jacob Bloch, its anti-hero, after one well-received novel published when he was very young, is writing for television, and doesn't like it. His marriage which, like most marriages, started with hope, intimacy and tenderness has gradually emptied of content after 15 years, and both Jacob and Julia, his wife and future divorcee, feel that they are losing their own selves in the family they have created.
The bulk of the book is composed of scenes from a Jewish family life, much of dialogue; some of it scintillating, much of it reminds of the self-consciously virtuoso writing we have come to know from Foer's first two highly acclaimed novels that made him a household name of the American - and ever more so the Jewish American - literary scene. His standing is reflected in the
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