Harvard Square: A Novel (Paperback)

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Harvard Square: A Novel (Paperback)


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"So candid, so penetrating and so beautifully written that it can make you feel cut open, emotionally exposed." —Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal

Harvard Square is the elegant and sexually charged story of a young émigré grad student, a Jew from Egypt, who meets a brash, magnetic Arab taxi driver—and how their friendship tests his loyalties and throws his life in America into doubt. André Aciman's writing has been hailed by Colm Tóibín as "fiction at its most supremely interesting," and here Aciman delivers a powerful tale of identity and the wages of assimilation.

André Aciman is the author of several novels including Call Me by Your Name, Find Me, and Harvard Square, the memoir Out of Egypt, and two books of essays. He is also the editor of The Proust Project. He teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he directs the Writers’ Institute. Aciman lives with his wife and family in New York City.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393348286
ISBN-10: 0393348288
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: February 10th, 2014
Pages: 304
Language: English
[Aciman's] best so far…an existentialist adventure worthy of Kerouac.
— Clancy Martin - New York Times Book Review

Slyly comic…Touching and beautifully written.
— Charles McGrath - New York Times

A plaintive love letter to displaced, wandering people, to anyone who longs for home and reaches unwisely for the hand of a fellow wanderer.
— Ron Charles - Washington Post

Timely, affecting…Quietly tragic.
— The New Yorker

Entertaining and moving….Aciman writes a vigorous, muscular prose that is as seductive as his characters.
— Julia M. Klein - Chicago Tribune

Harvard Square sings as a portrait of a fleeting friendship, revealing how platonic closeness can have a romantic tinge as well.

— Mark Athitakis - Minneapolis Star Tribune

A darker account of exile itself and the uncertainties of accommodation to a new world while memories of the old tug painfully…. Kalaj [is] warm, impetuous, and whole-hearted…. Aciman succeeds in making him unforgettable.
— Richard Eder - Boston Globe

An illuminating character study and poignant meditation on the twin trials of how to fit in and how to be loved.
— Malcom Forbes - San Francisco Chronicle

Aciman tackles Big Ideas by observing the smallest, most intimate gestures of two people and letting them talk—and his characters talk beautifully.
— Stephan Lee - Entertainment Weekly

Powerful… As in so many classic novels before it, Harvard Square emphasizes both the friendliness and the callousness of America and Americans, the way the country’s great privilege serves as both magnet and goad…. Intense and thoughtful.

— Adam Kirsch - Tablet

Brilliant…A novel of education and isolation, sad and funny and sure to provoke nostalgia for anyone’s college years.
— Jessica Freeman-Slade - The Millions