How many novels deal about paradise without being kitsch? The danger is imminent, but author André Aciman effortlessly avoids sticky sentimentality. The setting is a beautiful villa in Italy, the period is the early 1980s. Each summer young Elio's parents rent a room to academics. Normally Elio is bored with them. Not this time: American scholar Oliver fascinates Elio. Friendship and then love start to bloom under the mediterranean sun. An older Elio compellingly narrates the story of a most extraordinary summer, and Aciman describes the often contradictory nature of young love with precise and evocative prose.
At the end of the course we shall watch the outstanding film with Timothée Chalamet.
Participants are requested to read parts of the text at home as preparation for the discussion in class.