Considered to be one of the most exciting authors of contemporary fiction, with several books of memoirs, novels and essays published, André Aciman spent his early childhood in Alexandria, Egypt, and part of his adolescence in Rome, two places that have left an indelible mark on his work, where memory and archeology are intimately linked to a sense of desire and loss. In relation to his birthplace, Aciman says: “We remember because memory is our most intimate, most familiar gesture. Most people are convinced I love Alexandria. In truth, I love remembering Alexandria. For it is not Alexandria that is beautiful. Remembering is beautiful.”
Aciman’s works include Out of Egypt, winner of the Whiting Award, False Papers: Essays in Exile and Memory and Eight White Nights. His Lambda Literary Award-winning novel, Call Me by Your Name, about the relationship between a young Jewish man and an older man, one summer in the 1980s in Italy, was adapted for the cinema by the director Luca Guadagnino, and won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2018. In the Fórum do Futuro, the writer will discuss, in this conversation with the journalist and writer Anabela Mota Ribeiro, the meanings and implications of the universes of Antiquities in his novels, and how his oeuvre is populated by themes such as the archaeology of memory and the mythological atmosphere.