Hier bin ich
Here I Am
Based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer
Performed in German
Without love, you die.
With love, you also die.
Not all deaths are equal.
"Here I Am" was the first new novel published by American author Jonathan Safran Foer in over ten years. The phrase "here I am" is derived from the biblical account of the words that were spoken by Abraham (in Hebrew "Hineni") when he was asked to sacrifice his son, Isaac.
Here I am. But who am I? Are we alike? Who do we want to be and what do we stand for? These existential themes have characterised all of Foer's books thus far, and similar questions now torment his clever, reflective protagonist, Jacob Bloch. Jacob is married to Julia, they have three sons and, after the discovery of a secret cell phone, they fall into a deep marital crisis. But that's not all - this family crisis is further confounded by a political one: there has been an earthquake in Israel and the Israeli State has approached the Jewish diaspora with a request to assist the country. Once again questions plague Jacob: what is home? Where is my home? Where do I belong? What is really important in life and what am I willing to fight for?
"Here I Am" is a touching novel about family, marriage and divorce, yet it goes far beyond mere family matters: it also describes the struggle for Jewish identity and belonging.