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False Papers

Essays on Exile and Memory

André Aciman

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From the highly acclaimed author of Out of Egypt and Call Me by Your Name, a series of linked essays on memory by "the poet of disappointed love--and of the city" (New York Times Book Review).

In these fourteen essays Andre Aciman, one of the most poignant stylists of his generation, dissects the experience of loss, moving from his forced departure from Alexandria as a teenager, though his brief stay in Europe and finally to the home he's made (and half invented) on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

From False Papers: 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.



Praise For False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory

“Over and over in the course of these linked essays Aciman shows himself wanting to be elsewhere . . . You don't need to have lost an Alexandria to understand what he does with place and time and memory. After all, we are all exiles in a way-from our own childhoods, our own pasts, if nothing else. It is that remembered aspect of ourselves, that shadowy other life, that Andre Aciman's new book so piercingly addresses.” —Wendy Lesser, New York Times Book Review

“The incomplete and unstable state of nostalgia is what Aciman tries to fix in this beautiful memoir. He lives in his mind. But sharing that mind is a rare privilege.” —Barbara Fisher, The Boston Sunday Globe

“One feels that if Proust had not existed Mr Aciman would have invented him.” —Richard Bernstein, The New York Times

Picador, 9780312420055, 192pp.

Publication Date: September 8, 2001



About the Author

André Aciman is the New York Times bestselling author of Call Me By Your Name, Out of Egypt, Eight White Nights, False Papers, Alibis, Harvard Square, Enigma Variations, and Find Me. He's the editor of The Proust Project and teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He lives with his wife in Manhattan.