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False Papers : Essays on Exile and Memory

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 140 x 213 x 15mm | 249g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0312420056
  • 9780312420055
  • 216,168

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"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, NYTBR

"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
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About Andre Aciman

A regular contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The New Republic, Andre Aciman was born in Alexandria; raised in Egypt, Italy, and France; and educated at Harvard. He teaches literature at Bard and lives in Manhattan.
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