What are the costs of assimilation into American society? And what happens when we become someone other than the person we thought we would be? In his new novel, Harvard Square, André Aciman explores these and other questions in a tale of friendship between a Jewish student and an Arab cab driver, set amid the bars and cafés of late 1970s Cambridge. Aciman is joined in conversation by novelist Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love to talk about themes that haunt them both: identity, exile, fiction, and memory.
Born in Alexandria, Egypt, André Aciman is the author of the acclaimed books Out of Egypt; Call Me by Your Name; and Eight White Nights; two collections of essays: False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory and Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere; and the editor of the anthologies Letters of Transit and The Proust Project. His nonfiction has been included in several issues of Best American Essays, and a short story that ran in The Paris Review was shortlisted for a National Magazine Award. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a fellowship from The New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. Aciman is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at The CUNY Graduate Center, where he is currently chair of the Ph.D. Program in Comparative Literature and founder and director of The Writers' Institute at the Graduate Center. He lives in New York.
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