André Aciman

André Aciman was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1950 and now lives in the USA. His book False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory (2000) led one critic to call him 'our contemporary Proust.'
Resisting Exile: André Aciman & Naïm Kattan
Out of Egypt (1994) is André Aciman’s richly coloured memoir chronicling the exploits of his flamboyant Jewish family from their bold arrival in Alexandria in 1905 to their defeated exodus three generations later. Farewell, Babylon (1980) is Naïm Kattan’s acclaimed narrative of his childhood in Baghdad in the 1930s and 1940s. In this session, André Aciman and Naïm Kattan, the authors of these two outstanding memoirs, explored ideas of exile, loss and i...