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André Aciman

André Aciman
André Aciman in 2009
Born January 2, 1951
Alexandria, Egypt[1]
Occupation writer
Period 1990s-2000s
Genre short story, novel, essay

André Aciman (born 2 January 1951 in Alexandria, Egypt)[1][2] is a writer, currently distinguished professor at the Graduate Center of City University of New York[3] teaching the history of literary theory and the works of Marcel Proust.[4] His memoir, Out of Egypt (1995), won a Whiting Award.[5] He previously taught creative writing at New York University and French literature at Princeton University.[2][6] In 2009 Aciman was Visiting Distinguished Writer at Wesleyan University.[7][8][9] His influences include Marcel Proust[10] and James Joyce.[11]

Aciman was born in Egypt in a French-speaking home where family members also spoke Italian, Greek, Ladino, and Arabic.[2] His family were Jews of Turkish and Italian origin who settled in Alexandria, Egypt in 1905.[6] Aciman moved with his family to Italy at the age of fifteen and then to New York at nineteen.[2]

He has a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Lehman College and an A.M. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University.

Contents

  • Out of Egypt 1
  • Awards 2
  • Works 3
    • Books 3.1
    • Essays and short fiction 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Out of Egypt

Aciman's 1995 memoir, Out of Egypt, was reviewed widely.[12][13] In The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani described the volume as a "remarkable memoir...that leaves the reader with a mesmerizing portrait of a now vanished world."[6] She compared his work with that of Lawrence Durrell and also wrote: "There are some wonderfully vivid scenes here, as strange and marvelous as something in Garcia Marquez, as comical and surprising as something in Chekhov."[6]

Awards

Works

Books

  • Out of Egypt (memoir) (1995)[3][4]
  • False papers: essays on exile and memory (2000)[3][4]
  • The Proust Project (2004)[3]
  • Call Me by Your Name (novel) (2007)[10][14][15]
  • Eight White Nights (novel) (2010)
  • Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere (2011)
  • Harvard Square (novel) (2013)

Essays and short fiction

  • "Reflections of an Uncertain Jew". The Threepenny Review 81. Spring 2000. 
  • "Monsieur Kalashnikov". The Paris Review 181. Summer 2007. 
  • "Abingdon Square". Granta (122: Betrayal). Winter 2013.  (Subscription Required)

References

  1. ^ a b Epstein, Joseph. "Funny, But I Do Look Jewish" at the Wayback Machine (archived December 18, 2005), The Weekly Standard December 15, 2003
  2. ^ a b c d Meet the author: Aciman says he's all his characters, Marin Independent Journal, May 24, 2008
  3. ^ a b c d "André Aciman". City University of New York. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  4. ^ a b c "André Aciman". City University of New York. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  5. ^ "Winners of Whiting Awards".  
  6. ^ a b c d Kakutani, Michiko (1994-12-27). "Books of the Times: Alexandria, and in Just One Volume".  
  7. ^ Rosenberg, Gabe. "Novelist and Visiting Prof. Andre Aciman Shares His Creative Process - Arts". The Wesleyan Argus. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  8. ^ "Andre Aciman - Google-profile". Google.com. 2013-10-18. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  9. ^ "Andre Aciman: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  10. ^ a b Meaney, Thomas (Feb–Mar 2007). "Naming Youths".  
  11. ^ Aciman, Andre (2004-06-16). "Sailing to Byzantium by Way of Ithaca".  
  12. ^ "Exodus From Egypt," The Washington Post, Feb. 15, 1995, P. D02
  13. ^ Walters, Colin. "Visit to 'very small, very strange world'" The Washington Times, March 19, 1995, Page B6
  14. ^ Ormsby, Eric (2007-01-24). "Nature Loves to Hide".  
  15. ^ D'Erasmo, Stacey (2007-01-25). "Suddenly One Summer".  

External links

  • Aciman, André (2009-06-08). "The Exodus Obama Forgot to Mention".  
  • , bookslut.comAn Interview with Andre Aciman
  • Andre Aciman on Writing, His Work and Inspirations on YouTube
  • , The Wesleyan ArgusNovelist and Visiting Prof. Andre Aciman Shares His Creative Process
  • Profile at The Whiting Foundation
  • Google profile
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