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 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.
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.
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