- Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: Riverhead Trade; Auflage: Lst Riverhead ed (1. April 1996)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1573225347
- ISBN-13: 978-1573225342
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,1 x 2,5 x 20,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.598.536 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Out of Egypt: A Memoir (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. April 1996
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"To find Alexandria in these pages, all rosy and clear-eyed from the tonic of Aciman's telling, is the greatest imaginable gift."--James Merrill "Out of Egypt is beautifully remembered and even more beautifully written. Aciman writes of a dazzling time and place populated by lavish and theatrical characters." --Los Angeles Times Book Review "A wonderful book...The sense of ceremony and magic in this memoir is as much from literature--Proust, Dante, Homer, the Alexandrian poet Cavafy--as from the narrator's actual world...Out of Egypt gives much pleasure." --Chicago Tribune "Andre Aciman has written a book of genuine grandeur. An extraordinary union of love and intelligence, Out of Egypt saves a time and a place from oblivion and fixes it forever, with unforgettable vividness. Happy is the writer who has suce a tale to tell, and tells it so beautifully; and happy is the reader."--Leon Wieseltier "This beautifully written book combines the sensuousness of Lawrence Durrell, the magic of Garcia Marquez, and the realism of intimate observation. A rich portrait of a surprising and now-vanished world."--Eva Hoffman "The past recaptured in [Aciman's] elegant memoir is full of cucumber lotion and Schubert melodies, Parmesan cheese and the clatter of backgammon chips--all the smells and the sounds of Alexandria that he knew before [leaving]."--The New Republic "A beautifully crafted memoir. [Out of Egypt] is the rare book you'll want to read again as soon as you reach the end."--The Jewish Week "This is not only the marvelous saga of a genuinely Levantine family but also the tale of a vanished and multicultural world from the Istanbul of the sultans to the Alexandria of Egypt up to Nasser and of the life of a young man doomed to say goodbye to its charms. A touching and highly amusing, masterfully written book." -Gregor von Rezzori "Out of Egypt is at once an elegy to a lost culture and a satire of one singularly cosmopolitan Sephardic family...Mr. Aciman paints an unflinching portrait of his picaresque clan."--Forward "Lovely...Mixes memory and imagination in seamless and beguiling ways...He may gave gone out of Egypt but, as this evocative and imaginative book makes plain, he has never left it, nor it him." --The Washington Post "With beguiling simplicity, [Aciman] recalls the life of Alexandria as [his family] knew it, and the seductiveness of that beautiful, polyglot city permeates his book.."--The New Yorker "Rich and moving...Aciman's pungent prose is filled with telling detail."--The Seattle Times "Andre Aciman calls this book a memoir, though it is richer than that, a chronicle of three generations of a family leading a cosmopolitan life in an Egypt that no longer exists."--The Boston Sunday Globe "Sand has obliterated a 60-year Alexandrian garden; or would have if Aciman had not restored it in the grace of language and memory."--Newsday "A marvelous memento of a place, time, and a people that have all disappeared." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Rich and captivating...this is not simply another nostalgic account but a well-written and touching depiction of life in a community that has almost ceased to be. Highly recommended."--Library Journal (starred review) "It is Mr. Aciman's great achievement that he has re-created a world gone forever now, and given us an ironical and affectionate portrait of those who were exiled from it." --The New York Times Book Review "remarkable...a mesmerising portrait of a now vanished world." --The New York Times Jewish Chronicle, 8 September 2006 'Out of Egypt is [Andre Aciman's] romantic, nostalgic, joyous memoir...the characters have a mythic quality and are fascinating to read about. Aciman brings them all back to clamorous life.' - Kate Saunders GEOGRAPHICAL 'It's a touching, vivid recollection and properly asks the unanswerable questions about memories that can't be shaken.' -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
The son of a flamboyant Jewish clan recounts his family's move to turn-of-the-century Alexandria, its many colorful members, its pursuit of wealth and happiness, and its struggles with anti-Semitic and anti-Western nationalism.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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The book is such a tender account, which touched me deeply and which I recommend to anyone who wants to learn about this aspect of Egyptian history and this phase of Alexandria's story.
Andre Aciman describes his colorful and complicated life (and family)in
Alexandria in the 1960s. Childhoods like that are often the preparation
for a life of writing. The child absorbs all the peculiarities as part of
normal life without knowing they are peculiar until much later. Then they
need to make sense of it all.
All this is heightened by the fact that the Acimans are Jewish, in a
Muslim country still resonating with the after effects of British rule.His
experiences in the theoretically best school in Alexandria, run by
British teachers, would be funny if they weren't so awful. For complete
cognitive dissonance,his parents force him to learn Arabic to survive.
Reading about those lessons alone is worth the price of this book. At
home they speak Ladino, the Sephardic Yiddish, among themselves.
His beautful mother was born deaf. When provoked she can produce a
high-pitched scream. used to good effect at the butcher's. Once she has
made her point they are all quite happy. The butcher has to give the package
to her Arab servant. She never touches an Arab's hand.
The Acimans and Andre's maternal relatives live in a state of mutual
scorn, but when faced with the threats of Pan-Arab nationalism pull together very
efficiently. Eventually they all flee, the sedate Sephardic merchants
and the shady international adventurers too.
Two other writers come to mind when reading this book. Laurence Durrell
evokes something of the same atmosphere in his Alexandria Quartet and Elias
Canetti grew up in a large Sephardic family in Bulgaria. That society has
completely disappeared. Without Canetti's memoirs one would not know it had ever
This is an eloquent and elegiac account of that love and absurdity
known as a family.
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