False Papers

False Papers by Andre Asiman

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Essays on memory by the author of Out of Egypt. We remember not because we have something we wish to go back to, nor because memories are all we have. We remember because memory is our most intimate, most familiar gesture. Most people are convinced I love Alexandria. In truth, I love remembering Alexandria. For it is not Alexandria that is beautiful. Remembering is beautiful. Celebrated as one of the most poignant stylists of his generation, Andr Aciman has written a witty, surprising series of linked essays that ponder the experience of loss, moving from his forced departure from Alexandria as a teenager, through his brief stay in Europe, and finally to the home he`s made (and half invented) on Manhattan`s Upper West Side.

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André Aciman is an American writer best known for Call Me by Your Name (2007). Andre Asiman was born on January 2, 1951 in Alexandria, in a wealthy Sephardic family of the owner of a knitwear factory, Henri Asiman and his wife Regina. Asiman`s ancestors have lived in Egypt since 1905. Despite the wealth, the family did not have Egyptian citizenship. The environment in which Andre Asiman grew up was extremely multicultural. One part of his ancestors, Sephardic Jews, came to Egypt from Italy, the other part from Turkey. At the same time, they communicated at the home of the future writer mainly in French, but also used Greek, Italian, Arabic and Ladino. Plus, Andre Asiman went to the British Lyceum. However, the prosperous life did not last long. In 1956-1957, most of the Jews were expelled from Egypt by President Gamal Abdel Nasser. The Asiman family escaped this fate, but due to the constant growth of state-supported anti-Semitic hysteria associated with tensions between E...

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André Aciman is an American writer best known for Call Me by Your Name (2007). Andre Asiman was born on January 2, 1951 in Alexandria, in a wealthy Sephardic family of the owner of a knitwear factory, Henri Asiman and his wife Regina. Asiman`s ancestors have lived in Egypt since 1905. Despite the wealth, the family did not have Egyptian citizenship. The environment in which Andre Asiman grew up was extremely multicultural. One part of his ancestors, Sephardic Jews, came to Egypt from Italy, the other part from Turkey. At the same time, they communicated at the home of the future writer mainly in French, but also used Greek, Italian, Arabic and Ladino. Plus, Andre Asiman went to the British Lyceum. However, the prosperous life did not last long. In 1956-1957, most of the Jews were expelled from Egypt by President Gamal Abdel Nasser. The Asiman family escaped this fate, but due to the constant growth of state-supported anti-Semitic hysteria associated with tensions between Egypt and Israel, they were forced to leave the country eight years later (in 1965). Asiman`s father managed to buy Italian citizenship for his family, after which the family moved to Rome, while his father, Henri Asiman, settled in Paris. In 1968, the Asiman family moved to New York. In America, Andre Asiman received his BA in English Language and Literature from Lehman College in the Bronx, New York, followed by his MA and PhD in Literature from Harvard. After that Asiman taught creative writing at New York University, French literature at Princeton and Bard College. Asiman is currently a postgraduate professor at City University of New York in the history of literary theory and is teaching a special course on Marcel Proust. In 1995, André Asiman published his autobiographical novel From Egypt, which received rave reviews from American critics. Leading US literary critic Michiko Kakatuni in the New York Times compared him to the works of Larry Darrrell, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Anton Pavlovich Chekhov. For this work, Asiman received the Literary [u] Whiting Prize [/ u] in the same year. He then published two nonfiction books (one of which was about Proust), several short stories and essays. And in 2007, 12 years after the first success, the novel Call Me by Your Name was published. For him, Asiman was awarded the Lambda Literary [u] Prize [/ u], which has been honoring the best literary works of LGBT themes since 1989. Ten years later, this novel, dedicated to the growing up of an erudite but inexperienced teenager from an intelligent Jewish family in a villa in Italy, was filmed by director Luca Guadagnino starring Timothy Chalamet and Armie Hammer. The film quickly gained cult status and received a number of prestigious awards, including two - [u] Academy Awards [/ u] and [u] BAFTA [/ u] received James Ivory for Best Adapted script, that is, for adapting the original work of Asiman (the authors of the original works, if they are not also screenwriters, will not be awarded an Oscar). Andre Asiman is married and has three children.