In this episode, you can hear a conversation between the American writer Jonathan Safran Foer and the Norwegian writer and journalist Bjørn Gabrielsen, that took place on August 16th, 2017. Everything solid and fixed falls apart in Jonathan Safran Foer’s third novel Here I Am. The Jewish American couple Jacob and Julia find that both their relationship and the rituals that they have built their family life around, gradually lose their meaning. When the unimaginable happens, and Israel suffers both an earthquake and then a devastating defeat in war, Jacob finds himself in a deep identity crisis, as a husband, a father and a Jew.
Lithouse is a podcast from the House of Literature in Oslo, presenting adapted versions of lectures and conversations featuring international writers and thinkers. Music by Apothek.