By André Aciman
A robust story of affection, friendship, and changing into American in overdue ’70s Cambridge from the best-selling novelist.André Aciman has been hailed as "the most fun new fiction author of the twenty-first century" (New York magazine), a "brilliant chronicler of the disconnect…between who we're and who we would like we'd have been" (Wall road Journal), and a author of "fiction at its so much supremely interesting" (Colm Tóibín). Now, together with his 3rd and so much formidable novel, Aciman can provide a sublime and strong story of the wages of assimilation—a relocating tale of an immigrant’s remembered early life and the approximately forgotten expenditures and sacrifices of changing into an American.
It’s the autumn of 1977, and amid the beautiful, leafy streets of Cambridge a tender Harvard graduate scholar, a Jew from Egypt, longs greater than something to turn into an assimilated American and a professor of literature. He spends his days in a delightful blur of seventeenth-century fiction, but if he meets a brash, charismatic Arab cab driving force in a Harvard sq. café, every thing changes.
Nicknamed Kalashnikov—Kalaj for short—for his machine-gun vitriol, the cab motive force roars into the student’s existence along with his denunciations of the yankee obsession with "all issues jumbo and ersatz"—Twinkies, monster tv units, all-you-can-eat buffets—and his outrageous declarations on love and the paintings of seduction. the scholar reveals it challenging to withstand his new friend’s magnetism, and earlier than lengthy he starts to overlook his reports and reside a double existence: one within the rarified international of Harvard, the opposite as an exile with Kalaj at the streets of Cambridge. jointly they carouse the bars and cafés round Harvard sq., alternate intimate debts in their amorous affairs, argue concerning the American dream, and skinny-dip in Walden Pond. yet as ultimate checks loom and Kalaj has his license revoked and is threatened with deportation, the scholar faces the choice of his lifestyles: no matter if to hold to his dream of recent international assimilation or hazard all of it to safeguard his previous international friend.
Harvard Square is a sexually charged and deeply American novel of identification and aspiration at odds. it's also an unforgettable, relocating portrait of an not likely friendship from one of many most interesting stylists of our time.