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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

A Washington Post Best Fiction Book of the Year

A New York Magazine “Future Canon” Selection

A Chicago Tribune Favorite Book of the Year

One of The Seattle Times Michael Upchurchs Favorite Books of the Year

An Amazon Top 100 Editors Picks of the Year

An Amazon Top 10 Editors pick: Debut Fiction (#6)

An Amazon Top 10 Editors pick: Gay & Lesbian (#1)

 

Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.  During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. André Aciman's critically acclaimed debut novel is a frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. 

André Aciman is the author of Out of Egypt and False Papers, and the editor of The Proust Project. He teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He lives with his family in Manhattan.
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of the Year
A Chicago Tribune Favorite Book of the Year
A Seattle Times Favorite Book of the Year

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Mens Fiction

Longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
 
Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows is a romance of scarcely six weeks' duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. What the two discover on the Riviera and during an evening together in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.
"A coming-of-age story, coming-out story, a Proustian meditation on time and desire, a love letter, an invocation and something of an epitaph, Call Me by Your Name is also an open question. It is an exceptionally beautiful book that cannot quite bring itself to draw the inevitable conclusion about axis-shifting passion that men and women of the world might like to think they will always reachthat that obscure object of desire is, by definition, ungraspable, indeterminate and already lost at exactly the moment you rush so fervently to hold him or her."Stacey D'Erasmo, The New York Times Book Review
"Aciman, who has written a great deal about Proust, has an ability to make the finest, the tiniest, and most convincing distinctions between moods, responses, and registers. Everything is watched as it shifts and glitters and then hesitates and maybe is shadowed over . . . This really is fiction at its most supremely interesting; every clause and subclause shimmers with a densely observed and carefully rendered invention which seems oddly and delightfully precise and convincing . . . There are many layers and levels in this story, but the dominate one is the simple love story in high summer between the young man and the visitor to the house."Colm Tóibín, The New York Review of Books
 
"If you have ever been the willing victim of obsessive lovea force greater than yourself that pulls you inextricably toward the object of your desireyou will recognize every nuance of André Aciman's superb new novel, Call Me by Your Name . . . The book is explicit without ever being prurient, and the feelings that narrator describes are both homoerotic and universal . . . Almost 60 years ago, Gore Vidal published The City and the Pillar. Although Vidal has always eschewed the word, the novel's characters advanced the argument that 'gay' describes an act rather than a person. The protagonists of Aciman's novel do that more convincingly that anyone Vidal ever created. The beauty of Aciman's writing and the purity of his passions should place this extraordinary first novel within the canon of great romantic love stories for everyone."Charles Kaiser, The Washington Post Book World 
 
"A coming-of-age story, coming-out story, a Proustian meditation on time and desire, a love letter, an invocation and something of an epitaph, Call Me by Your Name is also an open question. It is an exceptionally beautiful book that cannot quite bring itself to draw the inevitable conclusion about axis-shifting passion that men and women of the world might like to think they will always reachthat that obscure object of desire is, by definition, ungraspable, indeterminate and already lost at exactly the moment you rush so fervently to hold him or her . . . Aciman, who has written so exquisitely about exile, loss and Proust in his book of essays, False Papers, and his memoir, Out of Egypt, is no less exquisite here."Stacey D'Erasmo, The New York Times Book Review
 
"Acimans first novel shows him to be an acute grammarian of desire. When Oliver, a handsome young American philosopher, arrives in a seaside town in Italy . . . the son of the house, Elioseventeen, studious, moody, and ravenousfalls for him. Elios edgy rapture as he forms himself in relation to another plays out against the background of a scorching Mediterranean summer, and Aciman introduces a small universe of characters who are themselves altered by the charged air that surrounds the lovers: Elios mother, who calls Oliver il cauboi (the cowboy); his generous, hazy father; and the household's cantankerous cook, who every morning carefully cracks open the American's soft-boiled eggs."The New Yorker
 
"In Call Me by Your Name, the debut novel by memoirist André Aciman, the reader follows Elio through every kaleidoscope turn of his senses and change of erotic direction. Aciman's prose is alive to each spiral and retraction of feeling, to every signal sent out and withdrawn . . . Its a great love story, whether youre gay or straight."Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times
 
"Gorgeously written, it is a powerful blend of the erotic and intellectual . . . Aciman's story, affecting but never melodramatic, breathes in the real world."Mark Athitakis, The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
 
"Call Me by Your Name is a . . . wise book, written with both lightness and concentrated care for the precise truth of every moment in its d

Synopsis:

This heartrending elegy to human passion is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents house, a cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.

Synopsis:

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

A Washington Post Best Fiction Book of the Year

A New York Magazine “Future Canon” Selection

A Chicago Tribune Favorite Book of the Year

One of The Seattle Times Michael Upchurchs Favorite Books of the Year

An Amazon Top 100 Editors Picks of the Year

An Amazon Top 10 Editors pick: Debut Fiction (#6)

An Amazon Top 10 Editors pick: Gay & Lesbian (#1)

 

Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.  During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. André Aciman's critically acclaimed debut novel is a frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. 

Synopsis:

Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the  restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and  during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.   The psychological maneuvers that accompany attraction have seldom been more shrewdly captured  than in André Aciman’ s frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. Call Me by Your Name is clear-eyed, bare-knuckled, and ultimately unforgettable.

About the Author

André Aciman is the author of Out of Egypt and False Papers, and the editor of The Proust Project. He teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He lives with his family in Manhattan.

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northski, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by northski)
Elio, 17, likes Oliver, an American grad student spending the summer in Italy. The process of their relationship is slow and mostly just the thoughts of Elio. Elio's voice is analytical and always the focus of the narrative, but it is too much of nothing. The ending jumps way into the future, but the earlier phase in Italy has very little going for it. The prose is delicate but not compelling.
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Andrew Seal, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Andrew Seal)
An extraordinary exploration of desire, innocence, and literature, Aciman's writing is exhilarating and shockingly pure, every thought deployed with tremendous effect and need.
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davndan, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by davndan)
The most touching book for me personally that I've read in quite some time. Very moving, easy to relate to, and excellent story telling. I don't re-read many books and this one will be re-read many times.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312426781
Author:
Aciman, Andre
Publisher:
Picador USA
Author:
Aciman, Andr
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Gay
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-Gay Fiction
Subject:
Romance/Gay
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.91 x 5.65 x 0.73 in

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Product details 256 pages Picador USA - English 9780312426781 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This heartrending elegy to human passion is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents house, a cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.
"Synopsis" by ,

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

A Washington Post Best Fiction Book of the Year

A New York Magazine “Future Canon” Selection

A Chicago Tribune Favorite Book of the Year

One of The Seattle Times Michael Upchurchs Favorite Books of the Year

An Amazon Top 100 Editors Picks of the Year

An Amazon Top 10 Editors pick: Debut Fiction (#6)

An Amazon Top 10 Editors pick: Gay & Lesbian (#1)

 

Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.  During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. André Aciman's critically acclaimed debut novel is a frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. 

"Synopsis" by , Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the  restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and  during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.   The psychological maneuvers that accompany attraction have seldom been more shrewdly captured  than in André Aciman’ s frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. Call Me by Your Name is clear-eyed, bare-knuckled, and ultimately unforgettable.
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