Study Guide

Everything Is Illuminated Characters

Alexander Perchov

Alex is our narrator for most of the story. The letters to Jonathan and the chapters that sound...

Grandfather

Like his son and his grandson, Grandfather's name is Alex. Beside the name, though, these three...

Jonathan Safran Foer

Usually, when an author sticks himself in a book, he pretties himself up a bit, making himself...

Safran

Safran is Jonathan's grandfather and namesake. We first meet him in Chapter 16 ("The Dial,...

Yankel

Yankel is Jonathan's spiritual ancestor and namesake. No, he isn't really Jonathan Yankel Foer,...

Brod

Brod is Jonathan's great-times-five-or-six grandmother, and the story Jonathan (the character)...

The Kolker (Shalom from Kolki)

Shalom is from the village of Kolki, just like Alex's grandfather. Unlike Alex's grandfather,...

Lista P (a.k.a. Not-Augustine)

Not-Augustine is what we call the woman Alex thinks is Augustine, but turns out not to be. Clear...

The Gypsy Girl

The Gypsy girl (who is probably not named Cher—although who knows?) is the only woman...

Sammy Davis Junior, Junior

Sammy Davis Junior, Junior is Grandpa's Seeing Eye bitch, which is "not only for blind people but...

The People of the Shtetl

Let's do a quick census just to cover the rest of the named people of the Shtetl who have a minor...