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André Aciman

The original writer of the 2007 novel.

The author

Where did the inspiration come for your first novel, Call Me By Your Name?

It’s very hard for an author to know what the inspiration is. The real inspiration is that I saw a picture of a house that I liked a lot, and then I thought of a street lined with pines leading to a private villa and then I imagined a car coming and then I saw myself as a child or as a young man, but more as an early adolescence, then the story sort of took off from there. The real source of the story might be found in the first tale of Enigma Variations, my latest book, because the boy is 12 and he does have a crush on an older person, and the irony, if irony you want to call it, is that he has absolutely, absolutely no idea of what’s happening to him. He doesn’t know the first thing about sex, let alone gay sex, so he’s totally lost. And in a sense, this was the beginning of the story, I decided to make the young man a bit older, I didn’t want him to have any inhibitions of the sort that most people go through. And I wanted him to know exactly what he wanted from Oliver.

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