In a closet Oskar, a precocious nine-year-old, finds a mysterious envelope with the inscription BLACK
. Inside he discovers a key … the key to one of the 162 million locks of New York
Convinced that his father, who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, deliberately left him this key, he makes it his top priority to find the corresponding lock and embarks on a quest around New York, calling in on a variety of people, all by the name of Black. Yet, does this mission really bring him closer to his dead father or further away from his living relatives?
In his second novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
, Jonathan Safran Foer, one of the first writers to deal with the tragic events of 9/11, invented a most eccentric and tragic yet touchingly humorous protagonist, who is constantly seeking to preserve the memory of his deceased father. Using photographs, illustrations, flip-book elements, experimental typography and even blank pages, the author creates both a multi-sensory experience and a stirring read.