André Aciman

Out of Egypt. A Memoir

Wunderbar widersprüchliche Charaktere bevölkern das Leben des in den 50er Jahren in Alexandria heranwachsenden André Aciman. Die Leserin und der Leser werden in dieser feinfühlig geschriebenen Autobiografie immer wieder mit unglaublich anmutenden Geschichten des Aufbegehrens gegen die unvorhersehbaren Schwierigkeiten, ja Widrigkeiten des Lebens überrascht, die einem jedoch unvermittelt ein Staunen, aber auch ein Lächeln entlocken. Ein unterhaltsames Buch, das einen vielfältigen Einblick in eine sephardische Familie in Ägypten ermöglicht. Sehr empfehlenswert! ap


Set in Alexandria, this classic and much-loved memoir chronicles the exploits of André Aciman's colourful Sephardic Jewish family from its arrival in Egypt at the turn of the century to its forced departure three generations later. Aciman tells a story of childhood innocence, of intricate family life and the pain of exile from a place one loves. His memories are adorned with eccentric characters: mysterious Uncle Vili – soldier, salesman, Italian Fascist and British spy; the two grandmothers, the Princess and the Saint, who gossip in six different languages; his melancholy Aunt Flora who warns that Jews lose everything "at least twice in their lives"; and his father, who considers converting to Islam in order to stay in Alexandria. Elegant, beautifully-written, moving and witty. Out of Egypt bridges cultures and generations and provides a moving portrait of a by-gone world.

"Aciman writes with a sun-stippled lyricism that brings to mind the summery shimmer of Camus ... For all its achingly nostalgic scenes of long days on the beach and evenings at the movies, this is a book suffused with the 'smell of leather': the whiff of departure and expulsion, of suitcases in hallways." Boyd Tonkin, New Statesman

Über die Autorin / über den Autor:

André Aciman war born in Alexandria and raised in Egypt, Italy and France. He is Professor of Comparative Literature at The CUNY Graduate Center in New York City and is the author of the essay collection, False Papers, and most recently of the novel, Call me By Your Name, as well as the editor and contributor to The Proust Project and Letters of Transit.

Preis: CHF 24.30
Sprache: Englisch
Art: Taschenbuch
Erschienen: 2011 (1994)
Verlag: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-1-84511-149-6
Masse: 340 S.