Bear Witness to André Aciman’s Italian Summer Romance ‘Call Me by Your Name’

A truly intimate portrait of gay love set in the panorama of Italy.

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André Aciman‘s 1980s gay Italian romance will finally unfold this fall.

In the Luca Guadagnino-directed film, unexpected lovers Elio, a sophisticated 17-year-old, and Oliver, his 24-year-old love interest, come together in their discovery of love in Call Me by Your Name. Based on the Egyptian writer’s 2007 Lambda Literary Award-winning novel of the same title, the film is anticipated to be one of the year’s biggest LGBT stunners, with the soundtrack said to be composed by Detroit-born singer Sufjan Stevens.

First showcased at this year’s Sundance Film Festival on January 22, starring Timothée Chalamet as Elio and Armie Hammer as Oliver, the film traces a 24-year-old erudite named Oliver who starts a romance with a teenage boy called Elio while remaining at his parents’ Italian villa for six weeks. In the novel, Elio recalls the memory, which begins in 1988 and chronicles the 20 years that follow.

The film which extracts from Aciman’s novelization is expected for November 24 release, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

I’ve been searching for more LGBT adult fiction, and Aciman’s novel was one of the first to show up in a catalog search during a recent trip to the library. I tried repeatedly to find something I could cling to, something that reminded me of a romance I could bound myself to some years ago. I attempted with Andrew Holleran‘s Dancer from the Dance and then again with Bret Easton Ellis‘s The Rules of Attraction, both of which I’ve heard display a semblance of romance, but neither lasted with me.

Call Me by Your Name seemed the next option, and I just recently checked out a copy from the library, however, I am not sure exactly when I’ll find time to read it with my current schedule. However, I’m prepared to have it finished before the film adaptation, which I’m so excited to see!

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Written by Paris Close

Paris Close

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