Teju Cole

Teju Cole is an American-Nigerian writer, photographer, and art historian. He is known for his novels, essays, and photography, and has received critical acclaim for his works such as 'Open City' and 'Every Day is for the Thief'.


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  1. 1. Open City

    The novel follows a young Nigerian-German psychiatrist in New York City who embarks on solitary walks after a breakup. Through his meandering strolls, he encounters a diverse array of characters and reflects on his life, identity, and the complex layers of history embedded in the urban landscape. The protagonist's introspective journey intertwines his personal history with musings on culture, art, and the immigrant experience, revealing the multifaceted nature of his own consciousness and the city itself. As he delves into the depths of his memories and observations, the narrative becomes a poignant exploration of the intersections between the personal and the universal, the past and the present.

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