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Enigma Variations by André Aciman review – meditations on desire

The author of the gay cult classic Call Me By Your Name explores one man’s life through his erotic fixationsHere is a novel that delivers on its title: these variations on a theme do amount to an enigma. André Aciman is a multilingual American writer and academic who grew up in Egypt, France and Italy, and is best known for Call Me By Your Name, the 2007 debut that became a bestseller and a successful film a decade after publication. Pronounced an instant gay classic, it tells the story of an affair between a teenage boy and a more experienced man. All temptation and devastation over one hot Italian summer, it’s a narrative that appeals across the generations.The Enigma Variations’ storyline is more blurred. Structured around five loosely linked sections that vary in length from novella to short story, this episodic work jumps in time, tense and place, each section exploring a different erotic fixation. Its anchor is the narrator, Paul, and at heart this is simply a depiction of one man’s history through his love life. Continue reading...

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