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Homo Irrealis

André Aciman

The bestselling author of Find Me and Call Me by Your Name returns to the essay form with this collection of thoughts on time, the creative mind, and great lives and works.

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£12.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571366453
Date Published
21.01.2021
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Summary

The bestselling author of Find Me and Call Me by Your Name returns to the essay form with this collection of thoughts on time, the creative mind, and great lives and works.

The irrealis mood knows no boundaries between what is and what isn’t, between what happened and what won’t. In more ways than one, the essay about the artists, writers, and great minds gathered in this volume have nothing to do with who I am, or who they were, and my reading of them may be entirely erroneous. But I misread them the better to read myself.

From meditations on subway poetry and the temporal resonances of an empty Italian street, to considerations of the lives and work of Sigmund Freud, Constantine Cavafy, W. G. Sebald, John Sloan, Éric Rohmer, Marcel Proust, and Fernando Pessoa, and portraits of cities such as Alexandria and St. Petersburg, Homo Irrealis is a deep reflection of the imagination’s power to shape our memories under time’s seemingly intractable hold.

Critic Reviews

One feels that if Proust had not existed, Mr. Aciman would have invented him.

New York Times
Critic Reviews

André Aciman is, quite simply, one of the finest essayists of the last hundred years.

Los Angeles Review of Books
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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, Enigma Variations, Find Me, and the essay collection Homo Irrealis. He’s the editor of The Proust Project and teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He…

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