By Andre Aciman, Faber & Faber, £12.99
Heartbreak, desire and loss are at the core of this novel, which charts a man’s great loves and affairs in five stories.
After reading the first of those stories — about a young boy’s obsession with an older man he meets in an Italian village — I was slightly worried Enigma Variations would simply revisit the ground Aciman ( right) already covered in his hugely successful debut, Call Me By Your Name.
However, the novel then takes the reader on a journey to New York, where the protagonist pursues relationships with both men and women that take a few rather unexpected turns.
Aciman’s great strength is the precision with which he writes about the complexities of love and longing — his stories are all tinged with sadness, but also enormous beauty.
Protagonist Paul may not always be the most likeable character, but in the end you cannot help but be moved by how his heart rules him in everything he does.