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André Aciman

Egypt (b.1951)

André Aciman (born in Alexandria, Egypt) is an American novelist, essayist, memoirist, and leading scholar of the works of Marcel Proust. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The Paris Review, as well as in several volumes of The Best American Essays. Aciman is the author of the Whiting Award winning memoir Out of Egypt, an account of his childhood as a secular Jew growing up in Egypt during the 1950s and 1960s. He holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard University and currently teaches at the Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York. He previously taught comparative literature at Princeton University, Bard College, and creative writing at New York University.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Non fiction
   Out of Egypt (1994)
   Letters of Transit (1999)
   False Papers (2000)
   Entrez (2001)
   Alibis (2011)
   The Best American Essays 2020 (2020) (with Robert Atwan)
   Homo Irrealis (2021)
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The Little Clan (2018)
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Heaven and Earth (2020)
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The Passenger (2021)
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"Prophetic and flawlessly penetrating . . . Boschwitz’s tale of an individual scurrying from train station to train station across a homeland that is no longer home could not have been more prescient of the terror the Nazis would unleash . . . What Boschwitz saw clearly was the utter despoliation of one’s identity, of one’s trust in the world, and ultimately of one’s very humanity."
The Prince (2022)
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