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Open City: A Novel

Cole, Teju.

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ISBN 10: 1400068096 / ISBN 13: 9781400068098
Published by Random House, New York, 2011
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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15616 shelf. Gold-stamped blue spine w/ mustard bds. Extremely faint stain top spine, a couple of pages have light wrinkle. No names, clean text. Unblemished dust jacket. Blurb: Colm Toibin. Bookseller Inventory # 063376

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Title: Open City: A Novel

Publisher: Random House, New York

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: DJ by Lynn Buckley

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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“The past, if there is such a thing, is mostly empty space, great expanses of nothing, in which significant persons and events float. Nigeria was like that for me: mostly forgotten, except for those few things that I remembered with outsize intensity.”
 
Along the streets of Manhattan, a young Nigerian doctor doing his residency wanders aimlessly. The walks meet a need for Julius: they are a release from the tightly regulated mental environment of work, and they give him the opportunity to process his relationships, his recent breakup with his girlfriend, his present, his past. Though he is navigating the busy parts of town, the impression of countless faces does nothing to assuage his feelings of isolation.

But it is not only a physical landscape he covers; Julius crisscrosses social territory as well, encountering 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 haunting novel about national identity, race, liberty, loss, dislocation, and surrender, Teju Cole’s Open City seethes with intelligence. Written in a clear, rhythmic voice that lingers, this book is a mature, profound work by an important new author who has much to say about our country and our world.

About the Author:

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.

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