Film’s Gay Lovers Bonded as Jews First, Says ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Writer

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Film’s Gay Lovers Bonded as Jews First, Says ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Writer

TimesOfIsrael.com, 12.22.17

In all of André Aciman’s life — as a child in Alexandria, Egypt, a refugee in Rome, and a new immigrant in New York — he never quite saw himself as a Jew. Yet his 2007 novel, Call Me by Your Name, now made into a poignant coming-of-age film seen as a landmark in gay cinema and reportedly a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination, is as much about being Jewish as it is about first love. Even now, said Aciman, after 49 years of living in New York City, where he is currently distinguished professor of City University of New York teaching the history of literary theory and the works of Marcel Proust, he wonders if he’s really a New Yorker or still a stranger in a strange land.

Submitted on: DEC 22, 2017

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