Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name

by André Aciman
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Curators notes

Do we even need to write this note? In Call Me by Your Name, André Aciman, in his signature stream of consciousness style, perfectly captures the nerves and impulses of burning desire and young, tender love between 17-year-old Elio and his father’s house guest Oliver. There’s elements of a forbidden relationship that we might still find familiar today in Singapore. This book is like a sunset: warm, beautiful, fleeting, bittersweet. (And of course, the book is better than the movie!)


Content warning: This novel depicts the relationship between a minor and a 24-year-old. 

Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks' duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

The psychological manoeuvres that accompany attraction have seldom been more shrewdly captured than in André Aciman's frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. Call Me by Your Name is clear-eyed, bare-knuckled, and ultimately unforgettable.

About the author

André Aciman is an Italian-American writer who was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt. Although best known for Call Me by Your Name, Aciman stated in an interview in 2019 that his best book is the novel Eight White Nights. He lives in New York, US, with his wife.

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