André Aciman / Les variations sentimentales

13 Feb 2019 19:00
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We invite you to a meeting with André Aciman, the author of "Call me by your name" ("Call me by your name" in VF) around his new novel "The sentimental variations" to be released on February 6th.

The book: Paul is still a teenager when he falls in love with Giovanni, the carpenter of his parents, during a summer vacation on a small Italian island. First love. Later, in New York, it is with the beautiful Maud that he thinks to build a life of couple. He loves her and jealous her feverishly. Too maybe. Manfred, first of all, is a silhouette seen on a tennis court in Central Park, before obsessing Paul, body and soul. He will end up living with him. Then Chloe returns in her life and both return to campus in New England where they met students, to take stock of their lives. Too late ? And when Heidi, a young musicologist, sends him an article for his magazine, Paul falls in love. Will this game of intellectual seduction allow Paul to be in love again? Through the story of a life where loved ones follow each other, meet or sometimes clash like so many variations on a theme André Aciman questions us about the enigma of our desires, our loves, our lives. His writing is sensual, but also carries a deep melancholy. For if his narrator, Paul, observes and evokes the bodies with minutiae, he also becomes the chronicler of passing time, and of the desire that is born, fades and then dies out. When thinking about the aborted dreams of our lives, it's hard not to give in to emotion.

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