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The protagonist of Call Me by Your Name is Elio Perlman, a 17-year-old Jewish American with dual Italian citizenship. Elio's central story arc is his attraction for Oliver, which forces him to come to terms with his bisexuality.

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Elio spends his summers living in Bordigheria, Italy, with his mother and father, the latter a well-known academic in the Classical tradition. Each summer, his parents host a doctoral student who assists in research.

Oliver arrives at the summer house as a doctoral student. He begins a relationship with Elio, but has his own doubts about where it will lead. Towards the end of the novel, the two gradually cease communication. Oliver marries a woman in America, and Elio finds comfort in the realization that it is important to aspire toward both a real and imaginary self at the same time.

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