A writer of profound insight into love, Aciman reflects on the capriciousness of the human heart and the line between imagination and memory.
His new novel Enigma Variations tells the kaleidoscopic story of a man named Paul, who is caught between love affairs as consuming in his adulthood as they were in his adolescence. The novel delicately interweaves reflections on crushes and full-blown relationships.
Paul's attachments are ungraspable, transient, and forever underwritten by raw desire, from a flirtation in southern Italy with his parents' cabinetmaker, to a snowy campus in New England where his affair with a woman is punctuated by relationships with men.
André Aciman is the New York Times bestselling author of Call Me By Your Name, Out of Egypt, Eight White Nights, False Papers, Alibis and Harvard Square, and most recently Enigma Variations, now out in paperback. He is 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.