Every Day is for the Thief

Every Day is for the Thief



Visiting Lagos after many years away, Teju Cole's unnamed narrator rediscovers his hometown as both a foreigner and a local. A young writer uncertain of what he wants to say, the man moves through tableaus of life in one of the most dynamic cities in the world: he hears the muezzin's call to prayer in the early morning light, and listens to John Coltrane during the late afternoon heat. He witnesses teenagers diligently perpetrating e-mail frauds from internet cafes, longs after a woman reading Michael Ondaatje on a public bus, and visits the impoverished National Museum. Along the way, he reconnects with old school friends and his family, who force him to ask himself profound questions of personal and national history. Over long, wandering days, the narrator compares present-day Lagos to the Lagos of his memory, and in doing so reveals changes that have taken place in himself.

  • ISBN:
    978-978-805-1-59
  • Book Format:
    paperback
  • Edition:
    1
  • Pages:
    138
  • Year:
    2007
Teju Cole
  • Name:
    Teju Cole
  • Gender:
    male
  • Website:
  • Biography:
    Teju Cole (born June 27, 1975) is an American writer, photographer, and art historian. Cole is the author of a novella, Every Day is for the Thief (2007); a novel, Open City (2012); an essay collection, Known and Strange Things (2016), and a photobook, Punto d'Ombra (2016; published in English in 2017 as Blind Spot).

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