This beautifully written book combines the sensuousness of lawrence durrell, the. Revisiting andre acimans eccentric family movies my life. Aciman s great achievement that he has recreated a world gone forever now, and given us an ironical and affectionate portrait of those who were exiled from it. The washington post with beguiling simplicity, aciman recalls the life of alexandria. Aciman may have gone out of egypt but, as this evocative and imaginative. Naim kattan, paula jacques, violette shamash are others. James merrill out of egypt is beautifully remembered and even more aciman writes of a dazzling time and place populated by lavish and theatrical characters. Aciman grew up a sephardic jew in alexandria for the first 14 years of his life. This richly colored memoir chronicles the exploits of a flamboyant jewish family, from its bold arrival in cosmopolitan. Andre aciman is an american writer and educator, who is mostly known for his novel call me by your name 2007. Jul 06, 2010 out of egypt by andre aciman 1994 it is mr.
Aciman i knew i had to read other works by this superb author. The book shines a light on the formative years of mr. A memoir, and his 2000 collection of essays false papers. Drawing on the patchy perceptions of childhood, aciman recreates the lost world of his growingup. Andre aciman 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.
Now living in the united states, where he teaches comparative literature, andre aciman has charmed readers with reflections on his childhood in egypt and on the ramifications of being exiled from ones homeland. This is andre aciman s memoir of growing up jewish in 1950s alexandria, egypt. I could stay in egypt, he as a jew in nassers egypt could not. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Read out of egypt a memoir by andre aciman available from rakuten kobo. Aciman, today a professor of french literature at princeton, has written a book that. Acimans great achievement that he has recreated a world gone forever now, and given us an ironical and affectionate portrait of those who were exiled from it. Since the publication of out of egypt, a richly textured memoir about his jewish familys final years in alexandria, aciman has been a consistent and inventive voice in the public conversation. There they lived in highly leveraged splendor as acimans greataunts and unclesparticularly greatuncle vili, the flamboyant youngest brothermade and lost fortunes. At a time of increased hostility in the middle east it is heartwarming to read of a time when jews lived in peace with their muslim and christian neighbors in alexandria.
Out of egypt andre aciman macmillan macmillan publishers. Set in the jewish community of alexandria, out of egypt is a memoir of a place and of a family. The washington post with beguiling simplicity, aciman recalls the life of alexandria as his. The washington post with beguiling simplicity, aciman recalls the life of alexandria as his family knew it, and the seductiveness of that beautiful, polyglot city permeates his book. Dec 18, 2012 so begins the afterward to alibis, a new collection of essays on elsewhere recently out in paperback by the new yorkbased writer andre aciman. He is the author of eight white nights, call me by your name, out of egypt, and false papers, and is the editor of the proust project all published by fsg. Essays on elswhere 2011, and four novels, enigma variations 2017, harvard square 20, eight white nights 2010 and call me by your name 2007, for which he won the lambda literary award for mens fiction 2008. Andre aciman, alibis andre aciman, novelist, essayist, and professor, has produced a body of work obsessed with exile. Not a whiff of anti jewish sentiments was reported by aciman until after the suez war. Aciman is the author of the whiting awardwinning memoir out of egypt 1995, an account of his childhood as a jew growing up in postcolonial egypt. Elegant, beautifullywritten, moving and witty, out of egypt bridges cultures. A few years ago, andre aciman visited the tiny venetian apartment. Andre acimans out of egypt is an amazing book, i found it very hard to put down.
Librarything is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers. He teaches comparative literature at the city university of. In elegant and witty prose, andre aciman introduces us to the marvelous. As a jew living and working in cairo almost two decades ago, i felt my position to be slightly precarious, though the stakes were never so high as those afflicting andre aciman, one of the autobiographers i discuss here. Out of egypt andre aciman haftad 9780312426552 bokus. We learn about the familys experiences from world war ii, before andre aciman was born, until 1965, when andre was 15 and the family was forced to leave egypt. The following essay is excerpted from the epilogue of andre acimans new collection alibis. In addition to out of egypt 1995, aciman has published false papers. Set in alexandria, this classic and muchloved memoir chronicles the exploits of andre aciman s colourful sephardic jewish family from its arrival in egypt at the turn of the century to its forced departure three generations later. Books written by jews often contain the sadness of a lost paradise. There really are no words i can write to describe the beauty of this book. Andres extended family were nominally italian citizens but had been living in constantinople. Out of egypt by andre aciman, 9780312426552, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide.
Andre aciman is the author of false papers and call me by your name. An only child, he was showered with attention from a large and eccentric assortment of great aunts and uncles. To find alexandria in these pages, all rosy and cleareyed from the tonic of aciman s telling, is the greatest imaginable gift. An extraordinary union of love and intelligence, out of egypt saves a time and a place from oblivion and fixes it forever, with unforgettable vividness. 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. Andre aciman born january 2, 1951, american educator. Dec, 2019 andre acimans out of egypt follows the fortunes of a closeknit jewish family the authors own through 50 years of residence in alexandria, beginning with arrival from turkey in 1905 and ending with expulsion, in the long wave of antisemitism and arab nationalism that followed the 1956 invasion of suez. Out of egypt ebook by andre aciman 9781429998772 rakuten kobo.
Memoirs, judaica, egypt, alexandria, andre aciman, egyptian jews. Oct 29, 2019 1994s out of egypt is a sensuous remembrance of alexandria as aciman knew it reaching back to the decades before his birth and into his formative years caught between two families and a meeting of cultures born into a jewish family that also identified as italian, though his first language was french. Acimans great achievement that he has recreated a world gone forever now, and given us an ironical and affectionate portrait of those who were exiled. He is now a distinguished professor of the history of literary theory and the works of marcel proust at the graduate center of city university of new york. His first book, out of egypt 1995, was a wry and touching memoir of the richly eccentric existence of his.
All memoirists lie in the concluding chapter of out of egypt, andre aciman writes about a stroll that he took after his familys final passover seder in alexandria the seder is a holiday meal commemorating the biblical exodus of the israelites from egypt, and one toward which aciman harbors a deep ambivalence not least because to him departure from egypt has come to symbolize. Andre aciman is the author of eight white nights, call me by your name, out of. Acimans jewishturkishitalian family came to alexandria, egypt, in 1905, long before young andrc was born. In out of egypt, andre aciman wrote a rich and beautifully evoked memoir of the alexandria from which he and his jewish relatives were exiled after gamal abdel nasser took power in the 1950s. Chicago tribune andre aciman has written a book of genuine grandeur. In 1908, andres great uncle encouraged the entire family to go to egypt to seek economic opportunities, since the great. In the new york times, michiko kakutani described the book as a remarkable memoir. Andre aciman came of age in egypt during nassers panarabic and antiimperialist one benefit of reading this memoir is what you learn about the climate of egypt after the egyptian revolution and the suez canal company debacle, how it must have felt for a jewisheuropean family living and doing business in egypt. Aciman french literatureprinceton delivers a clear eyed eulogy of a lost past and a family in decline. Jul 27, 2007 out of egypt by andre aciman, 9780312426552, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide.1224 859 179 967 1283 1129 1157 696 446 1371 156 1301 326 1243 1259 945 581 19 1655 172 1156 1002 755 492 90 732 1022 1460 1459 814 942 90 1524 1186 1270 1433 643 1267 291 665 442