Aciman, Andre. OUT OF EGYPT: A MEMOIR. London, England: The Harvill Press, 1996. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 278 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut memoir. One of the finest literary memoirs of our time. The first appearance of the title in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Andre Aciman's "Out of Egypt: A Memoir". His first book. "When Aciman, born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, was asked his nationality as a boy, he automatically replied, 'French'. His confusion was understandable: His family were Sephardic Jews who had wandered from Italy to Turkey, then settled in Egypt. His father owned a woolen mill and his parents were very rich, as were the rest of the exotic clan who lived with them or gathered regularly for elegant teas, fetes, and fierce squabbling. They concealed their Jewish-ness when Nasser was in power. Eventually, they fled to Paris, leaving behind their wealth, but not their culture, which Aciman here recalls with a magical sensibility. A marvelous memento of a place, time, and people that have all disappeared" (Publishers Weekly). Disappearance - or what we prefer to call, somewhat euphemistically and fake-poetically, "loss", as if it could ever be recovered - is also the story of Isak Dinesen's "Out of Africa" (1938), among other resemblances between two great books that are separated by sixty years. Like Dinesen, Aciman is not nostalgic at all, much less sentimental. Like her, he remembers in order to survive and go on living henceforth. Memory is one's best weapon in the struggle against the fatalism called History, and finally, against death itself. An absolute "must-have" title for Andre Aciman collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Andre Aciman. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Aciman's signature on this copy is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (British) available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: This is Andre Aciman's sensational first book. Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Andre Aciman's "Call Me By Your Name" is regarded as a classic by Colm Toibin. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDRE ACIMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374228337. $200.00

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