False Papers

André Aciman

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Essays on memory by the author of Our 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, André 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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Three Tales
 Alexandria: The Capital of Memory
 To those who asked, I said I went back to touch and breathe the past again, to walk in shoes I hadn’t worn in years. This, after all, was what everyone said when they returned from Alexandria—the walk down Memory Lane, the visit to the old house, the knocking at doors history had sealed off but might pry open again The visit to the old temple, the visit to Uncle So-and-so’s house, the old school, the old haunts, the smell of the dirty wooden banister on days you almost glided downstairs on your way to a movie.

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"A mesmerizing portrait of a now vanished world." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Lovely . . . mixes memory and imagination in seamless and beguiling ways." --Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

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André Aciman

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

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False Papers
André Aciman

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2011
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ISBN: 9780374707705
ISBN10: 0374707707
288 pages
$9.99

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September 2001
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ISBN: 9780312420055
ISBN10: 0312420056
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
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