The Question and Answer section for Everything is Illuminated is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The story of the dye is an example of how fantasy and reality can become indistinguishable. The world is so colorful, so embellished, that the people lose their keenness of sight when each color is restricted to represent an individual. Every...
Boris the grandfather is an anti-semitic Jew. In the movie he kills himself in the because of his unbearable guilt over denouncing his Jewish heritage and raising his family as non-Jews.He basically hates himself for his hatred of his own people.
Jonathan has only a few maps and a photograph of a woman named Augustine, who is said to have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. She saved Safran in an indirect way by sending him to America to find a home.