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The Proust Project
For The Proust Project, editor André
Aciman asked twenty-eight writers -- Alain de Botton,
Diane Johnson, Edmund White, Lydia
Davis, Richard Howard, Shirley
Hazzard, and others--to choose a favorite passage from In Search of
Lost Time and introduce it in a brief essay. Gathered together, along
with the passages themselves (and a synopsis that guides the reader from
one passage to the next), these essays form the perfect introduction to
the greatest novel of the last century, and the perfect gift for any
Out of Egypt
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.
False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory
In these fourteen essays, André Aciman, one of the
most poignant stylists of his generation, dissects the experience of loss,
moving from his force 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.
Call Me by Your Name: A Novel
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. André Aciman's beautifully wrought debut novel is a
frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion.
Entrez: Signs of France
André Aciman and Steven Rothfeld, Photographer
The signs of France are a gateway into a country
proud of its artistic heritage—a past that reveals itself in every nuance
of daily life.
Steven Rothfeld has been recording these images for decades, capturing the
milky cornflower blues and faded yellows, the hand-lettered, the neatly
printed, even signs made from blown glass and wooden carvings. Their
uniqueness and the beauty and sensibility of these signs reflect the
visual sense of identity that is France. Rothfeld's gallery is accompanied
by acclaimed author André Aciman's text, transporting the reader fully to
Tell Me True: Memoir, History, and Writing a Life
by Elaine Tyler May and Patricia Hampl, eds. with contributions by Alice
Kaplan, ), Andre Aciman, Carlos Eire, Fenton
Johnson, Helen Epstein, June Cross, Matt Becker, and Samuel G. Freedman (2008)
Balancing precariously between history and
literature, memoir writers have finally found their place on the
bookshelf. But increased notoriety brings intense scrutiny: memoirists are
expected to create a narrative worthy of fiction while also staying true
to the facts. Historians, too, handle tricky issues of writing from "real
life," when imagination must fill gaps in the historical record. In this
landmark collection, Patricia Hampl and Elaine Tyler May have gathered
fourteen original essays from award-winning memoirists and historians.
Whether the record emerges from archival sources or from personal memory,
these writers show how to make the leap to telling a good story, while
also telling us true.
Letters of Transit: Reflections on Exile, Identity,
Language and Loss (1999)
Haunting reflections on exile and memory from five
award-winning authors. All of the award-winning writers in Letters of
Transit have written powerfully on exile, home, and memory, using the
written word as a tool for revisiting their old homes or fashioning new
ones. Now, in five newly commissioned original essays, they offer moving
distillations of all of their most important thinking on these themes.
André Aciman traces his migration from his home in Egypt to
Italy and the United States and compares his own transience with the
unrootedness of many moderns.
Eva Hoffman examines the crucial role of language and what
happens when your first is lost.
Returning to the political themes of his earlier work,
Edward Said defends his conflicting political and cultural allegiances.
Novelist Bharati Mukherjee explores her own struggle with
Finally, Charles Simic remembers the comedy of bureaucracy
he experienced as a sixteen-year-old "displaced person" in Paris after the
war, and his thwarted attempts at "fitting in" in America.
Letters of Transit is a wonderful introduction to
the works of these extraordinary writers.
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