The best-selling author of Call My By Your Name, André Aciman, returns to the craft of essay-writing in Homo Irrealis, a series of meditations that explore memory, nostalgia and the human need to look backwards. The associations and the journey that Aciman takes us along to experience are done through the lenses of Sigmund Freud and Rome, C.P. Cavafy and Alexandria, the light of St. Petersburg, and how sex, love and chance encounters figure into French New Wave auteur, Eric Rohmer’s films. Highly personal and charged with desire and thoughts of what might have been, Aciman’s collection is a refreshing look at the vital impact that art and history have on a life.
André Aciman talks with Kamal Al-Solaylee (Brown: What Being Brown in the World Means Today) about publishing his first collection of essays in nine years and where he finds his elsewhere during the Great Pandemic.
Photo of author by Sigrid Nunez.
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This event is presented by One Page: Canada’s Virtual Literary Series.