Open City

Open City

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By (author) Teju Cole

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 259 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 203mm x 18mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 17 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0812980093
  • ISBN 13: 9780812980097
  • Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
  • Sales rank: 50,116

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A "New York Times" Notable Book - One of the ten top novels of the year --"Time" and NPR NAMED A BEST BOOK ON MORE THAN TWENTY END-OF-THE-YEAR LISTS, INCLUDING "The New Yorker" - "The Atlantic" - "The Economist" - "Newsweek"/The Daily Beast - "The New Republic" - New York "Daily News - Los Angeles Times" - "The Boston Globe" - "The Seattle Times" - Minneapolis "Star Tribune - GQ - "Salon - Slate - "New York" magazine - "The Week""- The Kansas City Star" - "Kirkus Reviews" A haunting novel about identity, dislocation, and history, Teju Cole's "Open City" is a profound work by an important new author who has much to say about our country and our world. Along the streets of Manhattan, a young Nigerian doctor named Julius wanders, reflecting on his relationships, his recent breakup with his girlfriend, his present, his past. He encounters people from different cultures and classes who will provide insight on his journey--which takes him to Brussels, to the Nigeria of his youth, and into the most unrecognizable facets of his own soul. "[A] prismatic debut . . . beautiful, subtle, [and] original.""--The New Yorker" "A psychological hand grenade."--"The Atlantic" "Magnificent . . . a remarkably resonant feat of prose.""--The Seattle Times" "A precise and poetic meditation on love, race, identity, friendship, memory, [and] dislocation.""--The Economist"

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Author information

Teju Cole was raised in Nigeria and came to the United States in 1992. He is a writer, photographer, and professional historian of early Netherlandish art. "Open City" is his first novel. He lives in New York City. "From the Hardcover edition."

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"An indelible debut . . . a compassionate and masterly work.""--The New York Times Book Review" "Magnificent . . . the trip is as meaningful as the destination. "Open City" is a remarkably resonant feat of prose.""--The Seattle Times " "[Teju Cole] has a phenomenal voice . . . prodigious talent, beautiful language . . . ["Open City"] has echoes of "Mrs. Dalloway"."--WNYC's "The Takeaway" "A reader feels the density of [Julius's] mind but also the fragility of his identity."--"Los Angeles Times" " " "[A] prismatic debut . . . beautiful, subtle, [and] original.""--The New Yorker" "A quiet novel that somehow manages to scream.""--The Boston Globe" " " "Quietly powerful.""--O: The Oprah Magazine"