PEN World Voices: Bernhard Schlink & André Aciman in Conversation
Best known for his acclaimed 1999 novel, The Reader, Bernhard Schlink's latest work, Homecoming, continues to examine ideas of complicity and self-deception in postwar Germany. André Aciman is a noted essayist and editor of The Proust Project. His 1994 memoir, Out of Egypt, movingly evoked several generations of his Jewish family's roots in Alexandria, and his recent novel, Call Me By Your Name, is an erotic coming-of-age saga soaked in Mediterranean sun and adolescent yearning.
Join us for a conversation with these two extraordinary authors as they probe their own creative powers to weld secret memory and history into some of the most exquisite and evocative literature today.
André Aciman was born in Alexandria, Egypt, has lived in Italy and France, and was educated at Harvard. He is the author of Out of Egypt: A Memoir, False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory, and the co-author and editor of The Proust Project and Letters of Transit. His most recent book is Call Me By Your Name. Aciman is the recipient of a Whiting Writers? Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as a fellowship from The New York Public Library's Center for Scholars and Writers. He has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, and Commentary.
Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany. He is the author of the novel The Reader, as well as four prize-winning crime novels?The Gordian Knot, Self's Fraud, Self's Punishment, and Self Slaughter. His most recent novel is Homecoming. Schlink was a Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library. He lives in Bonn and Berlin.