An Evening with André Aciman and A.O. Scott!

Join us for a virtual evening with acclaimed novelist and essayist André Aciman  (Call Me By Your Name) as he talks about his newly published book of essays, Homo Irrealis.  He will be in conversation with New York Times film critic A.O. Scott. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. You can register HERE.  

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About the Book: Irrealis moods are the set of verbal moods that indicate that something is not actually the case or a certain situation or action is not known to have happened . . .

André Aciman returns to the essay form in Homo Irrealis to explore what the present tense means to artists who cannot grasp the here and now. Irrealis is not about the present, or the past, or the future, but about what might have been but never was--but could in theory still happen. From meditations on subway poetry and the temporal resonances of an empty Italian street, to considerations of the lives and work of Sigmund Freud, Constantine Cavafy, W. G. Sebald, John Sloan, Éric Rohmer, Marcel Proust, and Fernando Pessoa, and portraits of cities such as Alexandria and St. Petersburg, Homo Irrealis is a deep reflection of the imagination's power to shape our memories under time's seemingly intractable hold.

About the Author: André Aciman is the New York Times bestselling author of Call Me By Your Name, Out of Egypt, Eight White Nights, False Papers, AlibisHarvard SquareEnigma Variations, and Find Me. He's the editor of The Proust Project and teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He lives with his wife in Manhattan.

Conversation partner A.O. Scott is a film critic at The New York Times and the author of Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth. He teaches at Wesleyan University and lives with his family in Brooklyn.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

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Homo Irrealis: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374171872
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 19th, 2021

The New York Times–bestselling author of Find Me and Call Me by Your Name returns to the essay form with his collection of thoughts on time, the creative mind, and great lives and works