André Aciman: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 54
Detail from illustration by Tomer Hanuka in Granta 122: Betrayal.
André Aciman is the author of the memoir Out of Egypt, the novels Call Me by Your Name and Eight White Nights and numerous essay collections, most recently Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere. He is currently distinguished professor at the Graduate Center of City University of New York. His new story, ‘Abingdon Square’ appears in Granta 122: Betrayal, published this week — in fact, it was an impetus for the issue’s theme.
In this week’s podcast, Aciman reads from the work and speaks to Granta’s Yuka Igarashi about the story, the problem with unreliable narrators and modern poetry, and why self-deception and betrayal are good subjects for fiction.