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Blind Spot

Blind Spot

(2017)
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In this innovative synthesis of words and images, the award-winning author of Open City and photography critic for The New York Times Magazine combines two of his great passions.

"To look is to see only a fraction of what one is looking at. Even in the most vigilant eye, there is a blind spot. What is missing?"

When it comes to Teju Cole, the unexpected is not unfamiliar: He's an acclaimed novelist, an influential essayist, and an internationally exhibited photographer. In Blind Spot, readers follow Cole's inimitable artistic vision into the visual realm as he continues to refine the voice, eye, and intellectual obsessions that earned him such acclaim for Open City.

Here, journey through more than 150 of Cole's full-color, original photos, each accompanied by his lyrical and evocative prose, forming a multimedia diary of years of near-constant travel: from a park in Berlin to a mountain range in Switzerland, a church exterior in Lagos to a parking lot in Brooklyn; landscapes, beautiful or quotidian, that inspire Cole's memories, fantasies, and introspections. Ships in Capri remind him of the work of writers from Homer to Edna O'Brien; a hotel room in Wannsee brings back a disturbing dream about a friend's death; a home in Tivoli evokes a transformative period of semi-blindness, after which "the photography changed. . . . The looking changed."

As exquisitely wrought as the work of Anne Carson or Chris Marker, Blind Spot is a testament to the art of seeing by one of the most powerful and original voices in contemporary literature.

Praise for Teju Cole

"The places [Teju Cole] can go, you feel, are just about limitless." - The New York Times

"[Cole is] one of the most vibrant voices in contemporary writing." - LA Times

"There's almost no subject Cole can't come at from a startling angle. . . . His [is a] prickly, eclectic, roaming mind." - The Boston Globe

"To read, see, and travel with him is to be changed by the questions that challenge him." - Publishers Weekly

"In following [Cole's] wanderings, I have often a sense of beholding something more delicate . . . but also more ordinary and more heartbreaking than the eye can typically bear. [His] photographs . . . insist on intimacy, transparency, confrontation." - Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go

"Cole the photographer is watchful but he holds back. Even in the act of speaking to us, he is alert to stillness. . . . The images are imbued with their own lasting mystery. Like magical poems that leave brief traces of light on the fingers of a reader who is now alone in the middle of the night." - Amitava Kumar, author of A Matter of Rats

"An observer and truth-seeker of the highest order . . . Cole has trained himself well in the art of seeing bottomless richness in things normally taken at face value." - Pacific Northwest Magazine

 
Used availability for Teju Cole's Blind Spot


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Hardback Editions

July 2017 : UK Hardback
Title: Blind Spot
Author(s): Teju Cole
ISBN: 0-571-33501-2 / 978-0-571-33501-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   

June 2017 : USA Hardback
Title: Blind Spot
Author(s): Teju Cole
ISBN: 0-399-59107-9 / 978-0-399-59107-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

June 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Blind Spot
Author(s): Teju Cole
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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