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 title is a great book. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (British) still available online and despite its imperfection (neatly price-clipped) is still in especially fine condition: Every single internal page is clean, crisp, and bright. The boards are sharp, NO bumping at all. It is priced accordingly. Please note: This is Andre Aciman's sensational first book. Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked yet often command hundreds of dollars. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare 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 copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDRE ACIMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374228337. $50.00

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