The widely anticipated ‘Find Me’, the sequel to André Aciman’s novel ‘Call Me By Your Name’, is being released next Tuesday October 29. In speaking to Vogue Aciman revealed that this new instalment will focus largely on Elio’s father, Sami, who is now divorced, for the first third of the novel.
The story itself is set several years after the unhappy ending of ‘Call Me By Your Name’ and reexamines the original characters and takes a glimpse into their current lives. Speaking about revisiting the characters 12 years after the original novel Aciman said that “[they] never leave you. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve attempted to take them up and go on with their lives.”
He explained that he ultimately realised that his method of writing and focusing on Elio as the main character was a “big mistake” and discussed the different process in writing this follow-up novel saying; “I began writing about the father, and then I knew Elio was going to show up from the wings — and I knew I had a book. It was just a question of picking different dates at which they’d be telling their stories, and we have 10 years later, 15 years later and 20 years later, exactly within the space that was opened up by ‘Call Me By Your Name’.”
Further on in the novel, Elio is introduced to the reader once again, this time as a professional pianist in his 30s, who is again in a relationship with an older man called Marcel. Aciman spoke on his choice to again place Elio in a relationship with an age gap saying; “I love the mix of young, old, old, young; the fact that one provides the kind of energy that the other probably lacks, and the older person provides the stability, the gentleness and the wisdom that comes with age. I find that more interesting than having this kind of sublime parity between people: she is 45, he is 45.”
Aciman stated that there will be a reunion between Elio and Oliver in Find Me, however he says they have both changed as people since the first novel: “They are clearly more mature now and know how fragile life can be. They have both had other relationships, they know that they have to be careful and that a separation, should it occur again, would be devastating.”
Aciman claims that ‘Find Me’ provided him with “a sense of closure and finality” and said that he believes that this “ends the tale of Elio and Oliver.” He also said he would love for this novel to also be remade into a film and eagerly stated: “I would even be happy to participate in writing the screenplay.”
Although they are all busy with their own projects, actors Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer and director Luca Guadagnino have all said they would be up for returning for a sequel previously, so we may see the new instalment hit the screens yet.
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