Alibis by André Aciman
Essays on Elsewhere

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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.
 

About André Aciman

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André Aciman is the author of the novels Call Me by Your Name and Eight White Nights, the memoir Out of Egypt, and two books of essays. He is also the editor of The Proust Project. He teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he directs the Writers’ Institute. Aciman lives with his wife and family in New York City.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 209 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A virtuoso in literary criticism, memoir and fiction (Eight White Nights, 2010, etc.), Aciman revisits themes that have obsessed him since his youth growing up in Alexandria, when he and his family were waiting for years for visas to migrate to Europe, then the United States.

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The New York Times

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The scent of lavender is André Aciman’s madeleine, connecting him with the past.

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Publishers Weekly

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This lambent collection of essays—many of which appeared in slightly altered form in literary magazines—by the author of the memoir Out of Egypt is a reminiscence.

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The palimpsest of present and past—Mr. Aciman quotes from Machiavelli's disgruntled account of enforced idleness—throws up a comic disparity: Machiavelli evidently "hated everything we have come to love about small, rustic Tuscan life."

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