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Book Title: False Papers|
ISBN 13: 9780312420055
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The author of the book: André Aciman
Date of issue: September 8th 2001
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I haven't read "Out of Egypt" yet, but I didn't have to read it to get a sense of where Aciman's melancholy and nostalgia in this book, stems from. This book of essays is about his life as an exile. The book warmed my insides like tea on a cold day. A man, an immigrant, an exile, misses his home (which doesn't feel like home anymore since his family was forced to leave), and with his lyrical and beautifully written narrative, there is no way you can read and not sense it. In fact, it pulls you in. Yet the history lesson on post colonialism in Egypt for African-born Europeans, is the haunting story in itself.
On his visit to Alexandria after years (I believe 30, but don't hold me accountable to that): "...Everything about me trying to discourage contact with a city that is, after all, the only one I think I love. Like characters in Homer, I want to be wrapped in a cloud and remain invisible, not realizing that, like all revenants, I am perhaps a ghost, a specter already."
His thoughts on expatriation: "Expatriation, like love, is not only a condition that devastates and reconfigures the self; it is, like love, a trope, a figure with which we try to explain, to narrate profound psychological disruptions in terms of very measurable entities: a person, a place, an event, a moment, etc."
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Read information about the authorAndré Aciman was born in Alexandria, Egypt and is an American memoirist, essayist, novelist, and scholar of seventeenth-century literature. He has also written many essays and reviews on Marcel Proust. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Condé Nast Traveler as well as in many volumes of The Best American Essays. Aciman received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University, has taught at Princeton and Bard and is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at The CUNY Graduate Center. He is currently chair of the Ph. D. Program in Comparative Literature and founder and director of The Writers' Institute at the Graduate Center.
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. Aciman has published two other books: False Papers: Essays in Exile and Memory (2001), and a novel Call Me By Your Name (2007), which was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won the Lambda Literary Award for Men's Fiction (2008). His forthcoming novel Eight White Nights (FSG) will be published on February 14, 2010
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