Open City

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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""show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 259 pages
  • 132.08 x 203.2 x 17.78mm | 272.15g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Trade Paperback.
  • 0812980093
  • 9780812980097
  • 71,685

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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"show more

About Teju Cole

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 more

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Winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for a distinguished first book of fiction Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award"Reminiscent of the works of W.G. Sebald, this dreamy, incantatory debut was the most beautiful novel I read this year-the kind of book that remains on your nightstand long after you finish so that you can continue dipping in occasionally as a nighttime consolation." -Ruth Franklin, The New Republic"A psychological hand grenade." -Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic , Best Books I Read This Year"A meditative and startlingly clear-eyed first novel." - Newsweek /Daily Beast Writers' Favorite Books 2011"This year, literary discovery came, for me, in the form of Teju Cole's debut novel, Open City , a deceptively meandering first-person narrative about a Nigerian psychiatry resident in New York. The bonhomous flâneur who strolls Manhattan from top to bottom, reveals, in the course of his walking meditations, both more about the city and about himself than we - or indeed he - could possibly anticipate. Cole writes beautifully; his protagonist is unique; and his novel, utterly thrilling." -Clare Messud in the Globe and Mail"On the surface, the story of a young, foreign psychiatry resident in post-9/11 New York City who searches for the soul of the city by losing himself in extended strolls around teeming Manhattan. But it's really a story about a lost nation struggling to regain a sense of direction after that shattering, disorienting day 10 years ago. A quiet, lyrical and profound piece of writing." - Seattle Times , 32 of the Year's Best Books"[Open City is] lean and mean and bristles with intelligence. The multi-culti characters and streets of New York are sharply observed and feel just right...Toward the end, there's a poignant, unexpected scene in a tailor's shop that's an absolute knockout." -Jessica Hagedorn, author of Toxicology in "Writers choose their favorite books of 2011""I couldn't stop reading Teju Cole's debut novel and was blown away by his ability to capture the human psyche with such beautiful yet subtle prose.", Best Books of 2011"An unusual accomplishment, 'Open City' is a precise and poetic meditation on love, race, identity, friendship, memory, dislocation and Manhattan bird life." - The Economist , 2011 Books of the Year"The most interesting new writer I encountered this year." - Books and Culture , Favorite Books of 2011"A Sebaldesque wander through New York." - The Guardian , Best Books of the Year"An indelible debut novel. Does precisely what literature should do: it brings together thoughts and beliefs, and blurs borders...A compassionate and masterly work." - The New York Times Book Review "The cool, concise prose of Open City draws you in more quietly, then breaks your heart. Who knew that taking a long walk in Manhattan could be so profound?" -Jessica Hagedorn, author of Toxicology in New York Magazine"[Teju Cole] has a phenomenal voice...prodigious talent, beautiful language." - WNYC's The Takeaway"Beautiful, subtle, and finally, original...What moves the prose forward is the prose-the desire to write, to defeat solitude by writing. Cole has made his novel as close to a diary as a novel can get, with room for reflection, autobiography, stasis, and repetition. This is extremely difficult, and many accomplished novelists would botch it, since a sure hand is needed to make the writer's careful stitching look like a thread merely being followed for its own sake. Mysteriously, wonderfully, Cole does not botch it." - James Wood, The New Yorker "Nothing escapes Julius, the narrator of Teju Cole's excellent debut novel...In Cole's intelligent, finely observed portrait, Julius drifts through cities on three continents, repeatedly drawn into conversation with solitary souls like him: people struggling with the emotional rift of having multiple homelands but no home."-- GQ"A complicated portrait of a narrator whose silences spshow more