Andre Aciman is such a gifted writer that I feel I'd follow him anywhere. These essays are mostly lapidary gems, nearing Proust in their ability to evoke such specific sensory experiences - the smell of lavendar, the hillside vistas of Tuscany, the unique French order of the Place des Vosges, the warmth of the Barrio Gotic in Barcelona.
Aciman’s memoir Out of Egypt (1995), which deals with his life as a Jewish boy in post-colonial Egypt, was reviewed widely and received the Whiting Award. He has also published four other non-fiction books and three novels, among which is Call Me By Your Name (2007), which was adapted into a 2017 film directed by Luca Guadagnino, with a screenplay by James Ivory, and starring Armie Hammer.
Aciman is a respected professor of comparative literature at the City University of New York Gradu-ate Center in Manhattan, best known as an author of essays on Proust and a memoir of his youth in Alexandria, Egypt. He's also a married rather of three. He says he has never had a gay relationship in his life.
Aciman currently chairs the Department of Comparative Literature and directs The Writers’ Institute at CUNY. He spoke to me about how his work and life are intertwined, the feeling of being an.
At present, Aciman is working on a new book of essays about what he calls “the life that could have been,” and includes interviews with a painter, a filmmaker and a musician. It’s about dealing with a life that one didn’t have and perhaps wished to have, but which disappeared or never happened and cannot happen now. We live all of these lives all of the time, in parallel, Aciman.
Andre Aciman is the New York Times bestselling author of Call Me By Your Name, Out of Egypt, Eight White Nights, False Papers, Alibis, and Harvard Square, and most recently Enigma Variations, now out in paperback. He's the editor of The Proust Project and teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He lives with his wife in Manhattan.
I stopped for a second. If you remember everything, I wanted to say, and if you are really like me, then before you leave tomorrow, or when you’re just ready to shut the door of the taxi and have already said goodbye to everyone else and there’s not a thing left to say in this life, then, just this once, turn to me, even in jest, or as an afterthought, which would have meant everything to.
Aciman is the author of the novels Harvard Square, Call Me by Your Name, and Eight White Nights, the memoir Out of Egypt, and the essay collections False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory and Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere. He also coauthored and edited The Proust Project and Letters of Transit.
Aciman’s essays deal more explicitly with this quality of feeling and being other than where and how one is, especially those found in his second collection, Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere. “Elsewhere” is the apt word to describe Aciman’s condition, and that of his ideal reader. An essentially perfect volume, Alibis explores the phenomenon of longing infinitely displaced—longing for.
Andre Aciman's Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test.
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Andre Aciman was born on January 2, 1951 and was raised and born in Alexandria, Egypt. He was born to Regine and Henri N. Aciman; his mother was deaf and his father owned a knitting factory. Aciman grew up in a home that spoke French, and other family members spoke languages such as Arabic, Italian, Latino, and Greek. Because he and his family were Jewish, they could not become citizens of.
As in Proust, a richly sensory world swirls and flares around the figure I have come to think of as “the Aciman narrator” — the voice of his essays and the unnamed first-person narrator of Harvard Square. Through the sun-washed beach of the Lido in Venice, the ocher walls and refuse of Roman alleys, the lavender scent of a snug Old World, Middle Eastern living room, and the wooded.The life we’re still owed or that fate dangles before us and that we project at every turn and feed upon and, like a virus or a suppressed gene, that gets passed on from one day to the other, from person to person, from one generation to the next, from author to reader, from memory to fiction, from time to desire and back to memory, fiction, and desire, and that never goes away because the.Grasping Aciman’s attention to precise diction and a sentence’s cadence requires only reading a page of his many essays, his memoir of childhood in Alexandria, Egypt, or his fiction—including his 2007 debut novel, Call Me By Your Name, which last year was made into an Oscar-winning film.