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About André Aciman
Aciman grew up in a multilingual and multinational family and attended English-language schools, first in Alexandria and later, after his family moved to Italy in 1965, in Rome. In 1968, Aciman's family moved again, this time to New York City, where he graduated in 1973 from Lehman College. Aciman received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and, after teaching at Princeton University and Bard College, is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. He is currently chair of the Ph. D. Program in Comparative Literature and founder and director of The Writers' Institute at the Graduate Center. He has also taught creative writing at New York University, Cooper Union, and and Yeshiva University. In 2009, Aciman was also Visiting Distinguished Writer at Wesleyan University.
Aciman is the author of the Whiting Award-winning memoir Out of Egypt (1995), an account of his childhood as a Jew growing up in post-colonial Egypt. His books and essays have been translated in many languages. In addition to Out of Egypt (1995), Aciman has published False Papers: Essays in Exile and Memory (2001) and Alibis: Essays on Elswhere (2011), and four novels, Enigma Variations (2017), Harvard Square (2013), Eight White Nights (2010) and Call Me By Your Name (2007), for which he won the Lambda Literary Award for Men's Fiction (2008). He also edited Letters of Transit (1999) and The Proust Project (2004) and prefaced Monsieur Proust (2003), The Light of New York (2007), Condé Nast Traveler's Room With a View (2010) and Stefan Zweig's Journey to the Past (2010). His novel Call Me by Your Name has been turned into a film (2017), directed by Luca Guadagnino, with a screenplay by James Ivory, and starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet.
He is currently working on his fifth novel and a collection of essays.
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A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
A Vulture Book Club Pick
An Instant Classic and One of the Great Love Stories of Our Time
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 the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. It is an instant classic and one of the great love stories of our time.
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Ficition
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year • A Publishers Weekly and The Washington Post Best Book of the Year • A New York Magazine "Future Canon" Selection • A Chicago Tribune and Seattle Times (Michael Upchurch's) Favorite Favorite Book of the Year
A New York Times Bestseller
In this spellbinding exploration of the varieties of love, the author of the worldwide bestseller Call Me by Your Name revisits its complex and beguiling characters decades after their first meeting.
No novel in recent memory has spoken more movingly to contemporary readers about the nature of love than André Aciman’s haunting Call Me by Your Name. First published in 2007, it was hailed as “a love letter, an invocation . . . an exceptionally beautiful book” (Stacey D’Erasmo, The New York Times Book Review). Nearly three quarters of a million copies have been sold, and the book became a much-loved, Academy Award–winning film starring Timothée Chalamet as the young Elio and Armie Hammer as Oliver, the graduate student with whom he falls in love.
In Find Me, Aciman shows us Elio’s father, Samuel, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, who has become a gifted classical pianist. A chance encounter on the train with a beautiful young woman upends Sami’s plans and changes his life forever.
Elio soon moves to Paris, where he, too, has a consequential affair, while Oliver, now a New England college professor with a family, suddenly finds himself contemplating a return trip across the Atlantic.
Aciman is a master of sensibility, of the intimate details and the emotional nuances that are the substance of passion. Find Me brings us back inside the magic circle of one of our greatest contemporary romances to ask if, in fact, true love ever dies.
“An essay is the child of uncertainty,” André Aciman contends in his introduction to The Best American Essays 2020. “The struggle to write what one hopes is entirely true, and the long incubation every piece of writing requires of a writer who is thinking difficult thoughts, are what ultimately give the writing its depth, its magnitude, its grace.” The essays Aciman selected center on people facing moments of deep uncertainty, searching for a greater truth. From a Black father’s confrontation of his son’s illness, to a divorcée’s transcendent experience with strangers, to a bartender grieving the tragic loss of a friend, these stories are a master class not just in essay writing but in empathy, artfully imbuing moments of hardship with understanding and that elusive grace.
The Best American 2020 Essays includes RABIH ALAMEDDINE • BARBARA EHRENREICH • LESLIE JAMISON JAMAICA KINCAID • ALEX MARZANO-LESNEVICH • A. O. SCOTT • JERALD WALKER • STEPHANIE POWELL WATTS and others
This richly colored memoir chronicles the exploits of a flamboyant Jewish family, from its bold arrival in cosmopolitan Alexandria to its defeated exodus three generations later. In elegant and witty prose, André Aciman introduces us to the marvelous eccentrics who shaped his life--Uncle Vili, the strutting daredevil, soldier, salesman, and spy; the two grandmothers, the Princess and the Saint, who gossip in six languages; Aunt Flora, the German refugee who warns that Jews lose everything "at least twice in their lives." And through it all, we come to know a boy who, even as he longs for a wider world, does not want to be led, forever, out of Egypt.
The New York Times–bestselling author of Find Me and Call Me by Your Name returns to the essay form with his collection of thoughts on time, the creative mind, and great lives and works
Irrealis moods are a category of verbal moods that indicate that certain events have not happened, may never happen, or should or must or are indeed desired to happen, but for which there is no indication that they will ever happen. Irrealis moods are also known as counterfactual moods and include the conditional, the subjunctive, the optative, and the imperative—all best expressed in this book as the might-be and the might-have-been.
One of the great prose stylists of his generation, André Aciman returns to the essay form in Homo Irrealis to explore what time means to artists who cannot grasp life in the present. Irrealis moods are not about the present or the past or the future; they are about what might have been but never was but could in theory still happen. From meditations on subway poetry and the temporal resonances of an empty Italian street to considerations of the lives and work of Sigmund Freud, C. P. Cavafy, W. G. Sebald, John Sloan, Éric Rohmer, Marcel Proust, and Fernando Pessoa and portraits of cities such as Alexandria and St. Petersburg, Homo Irrealis is a deep reflection on the imagination’s power to forge a zone outside of time’s intractable hold.
VUELVEN ELIO Y OLIVER
Por fin, la continuación de Llámame por tu nombre.
Vuelve la historia de amor más popular de los últimos años.
Uno de los mejores libros del año para Time y Vogue.
«Un deleite de sensualidad.»
En 2018, el mundo entero se conmovió con el amor de verano entre Elio y Oliver. Llámame por tu nombre, publicada originalmente más de diez años antes, se convirtió en un fenómeno gracias a la película estrenada aquel año. Y este relato de deseo, descubrimiento, pasión y veladas infinitas llegó a miles de lectores que, con el corazón en vilo, esperan conocer cómo concluye esta historia. Por fin, en Encuéntrame, vuelven Elio y Oliver.
Elio es ahora un pianista en auge a punto de mudarse a París; Oliver es profesor, padre de familia y puede que vuelva a visitar Europa; Samuel, el padre de Elio, vive en Italia y, en un viaje en tren para visitar a su hijo, tendrá un encuentro que cambiará su vida. Este cruce de historias satisfará todas las expectativas, por inconfesables que sean.
La crítica ha dicho...
«Aciman recupera la tersura de la narración de la primera novela para abordar el amor y sus contradicciones, y otros miedos, pero la misma esperanza que no duerme. Es de nuevo el tiempo, la memoria, los recuerdos, el deseo de revivir y dar una segunda oportunidad. La belleza que palpita en el amor real o soñado. En Encuéntrame el paraíso está guardado en un corazón que hace avanzar los días.»
«Leer a André Aciman es como enamorarse.»
Xavi Ayén, La Vanguardia
«Satisfará todas las expectativas, por inconfesables que sean.»
Arturo San Román, Qué
«Como en la anterior entrega esta novela está salpicada por temas como la música, la belleza, el amor y el deseo y añade otros asuntos como el destino, el paso del tiempo, la promesa incumplida del pasado y la muerte. Junto a Aciman reflexionamos sobre quiénes somos y en quiénes nos hemos convertido tras todas esas vidas que no nos hemos atrevido a explorar.»
El Cultural de El Mundo
«Si sois de los que marcáis los libros, tened un lápiz a mano porque hay reflexiones interesantísimos. Disfrutadla [...] porque hay pocas historias que, como amores, siempre se quedan con nosotros. Y ésta, sin duda, es una de ellas.»
Patricia Tena, Llegir en cas d'incenci
«Sobre principios y deseos (en meses estivales, siempre propicios), [...] una historia de esas que se quedan para siempre. Hay éxitos tan rotundos que acaban difuminando la autoría. Por eso, no olvidemos al escritor: André Aciman. [...] Gracias por regalarnos el verano de Elio y Oliver.»
«Un fabuloso idilio (hetero), más utópico y sublime si cabe.»
Gonzalo Cordero, Esquire
«Hay momentos que pueden hacer que los lectores miren llorando a la chimenea, real o imaginaria, como Timothée Chalamet al fina
From André Aciman, the author of Call Me by Your Name (now a major motion picture and the winner of the Oscar™ for Best Adapted Screenplay) comes “a sensory masterclass, absorbing, intelligent, unforgettable” (Times Literary Supplement).
André Aciman, hailed as a writer of “fiction at its most supremely interesting” (The New York Review of Books), has written a novel that charts the life of a man named Paul, whose loves remain as consuming and as covetous throughout his adulthood as they were in his adolescence. Whether the setting is southern Italy, where as a boy he has a crush on his parents’ cabinetmaker, or a snowbound campus in New England, where his enduring passion for a girl he’ll meet again and again over the years is punctuated by anonymous encounters with men; whether he’s on a tennis court in Central Park, or on a New York sidewalk in early spring, his attachments are ungraspable, transient, and forever underwritten by raw desire—not for just one person’s body but, inevitably, for someone else’s as well.
In Enigma Variations, Aciman maps the most inscrutable corners of passion, proving to be an unsparing reader of the human psyche and a master stylist. With language at once lyrical, bare-knuckled, and unabashedly candid, he casts a sensuous, shimmering light over each facet of desire to probe how we ache, want, and waver, and ultimately how we sometimes falter and let go of those who may want to offer only what we crave from them. Ahead of every step Paul takes, his hopes, denials, fears, and regrets are always ready to lay their traps. Yet the dream of love lingers. We may not always know what we want. We may remain enigmas to ourselves and to others. But sooner or later we discover who we’ve always known we were.
Essays on memory by the author of Our of Egypt
"We remember not because we have something we wish to go back to, nor because memories are all we have. We remember because memory is our most intimate, most familiar gesture. Most people are convinced I love Alexandria. In truth, I love remembering Alexandria. For it is not Alexandria that is beautiful. Remembering is beautiful."
Celebrated as one of the most poignant stylists of his generation, André Aciman has written a witty, surprising series of linked essays that ponder the experience of loss, moving from his forced departure from Alexandria as a teenager, through his brief stay in Europe, and finally to the home he's made (and half invented) on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
Un viaje por los rincones más profundos de los sentimientos y del erotismo.
Llámame por tu nombre ha sido galardonada con el Lambda Literary Award, mejor Libro del Año según The Washington Post y Publishers Weekly y es la novela en la que se basa la película Call me by your name.
En una localidad de la costa de Italia, durante la década de los ochenta, la familia de Elio instauró la tradición de recibir en el verano a estudiantes o creadores jóvenes que, a cambio de alojamiento, ayudaran al cabeza de familia, catedrático, en sus compromisos culturales.
Oliver es el elegido este verano, un joven escritor norteamericano que pronto excita la imaginación de Elio. Durante las siguientes semanas, los impulsos ocultos de obsesión y miedo, fascinación y deseo intensificarán su pasión.
«No hay chispa como la del amor que empieza. Y se enciende enseguida, entre libros y árboles; Llámame por tu nombre es frutal, sensual y luminosa como un verano en Lombardía.»
Ana Abelenda, La Voz de Asturias
«Leer a André Aciman es como enamorarse.»
Xavi Ayén, La Vanguardia
«La belleza de la prosa de Aciman y la pureza de sus pasiones hallan su lugar en esta extraordinaria primera novela inscrita dentro de los cánones de las grandes historias de amor para todos los públicos.»
The Washington Post
«La primera novela de Aciman nos lo muestra como un perspicaz gramático del deseo.»
The New York Times
«Una gran historia de amor... Cada frase, cada dolor, cada vertiginosa ráfaga de emoción en esta maravillosa novela es convincente.»
The Seattle Times
«Llámame por tu nombre no es una historia de amor. Es quizás la historia de amor más bonita, tierna, sensual y pura que se haya escrito.»
En los blogs...
«Sensible, compleja y dura, así es Llámame por tu nombre. Una montaña rusa de emociones que nos transporta al primer amor, a las tardes de verano, al fantasma de lo que anhelamos y nunca llegamos a tener, o tuvimos pero ahora parece efímero. Desde la primera hasta la última página, la novela nos transporta a un escenario del que el lector solo puede salir anímicamente destrozado. Una pequeña joya.»
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Giorgio Bassani’s six classic books, collected for the first time in English as the epic masterwork they were intended to be.
Among the masters of twentieth-century literature, Giorgio Bassani and his northern Italian hometown of Ferrara “are as inseparable as James Joyce and Dublin or Italo Svevo and Trieste” (from the Introduction). The Novel of Ferrara brings together Bassani’s six classics, fully revised by the author at the end of his life.
Set before, during, and after the Second World War, these interlocking stories present nuanced and unforgettable characters: the respected doctor whose homosexuality is exposed by an exploitative youth; the survivor of the Nazi death camps; the Jewish landowner, returned from exile, to find himself utterly displaced; the schoolteacher whose Communist idealism challenges a postwar generation.
Suffused with new life by acclaimed translator and poet Jamie McKendrick, The Novel of Ferrara memorializes a city deeply informed by the Jewish community to which the narrator belongs. This seminal work seals Bassani’s indomitable reputation.
"So candid, so penetrating and so beautifully written that it can make you feel cut open, emotionally exposed." —Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal
Harvard Square is the elegant and sexually charged story of a young émigré grad student, a Jew from Egypt, who meets a brash, magnetic Arab taxi driver—and how their friendship tests his loyalties and throws his life in America into doubt. André Aciman's writing has been hailed by Colm Tóibín as "fiction at its most supremely interesting," and here Aciman delivers a powerful tale of identity and the wages of assimilation.
A Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Book of 2011
Celebrated as one of the most poignant stylists of his generation, André Aciman has written a luminous series of linked essays about time, place, identity, and art that show him at his very finest. From beautiful and moving pieces about the memory evoked by the scent of lavender; to meditations on cities like Barcelona, Rome, Paris, and New York; to his sheer ability to unearth life secrets from an ordinary street corner, Alibis reminds the reader that Aciman is a master of the personal essay.