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Open City

Open City

(2011)
A novel by

 

"A novel to savour and treasure."
Colm Tóibín


'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.

Genre: Literary Fiction
 
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Hardback Editions

February 2011 : USA Hardback
Title: Open City: A Novel
Author(s): Teju Cole
ISBN: 1-4000-6809-6 / 978-1-4000-6809-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

February 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: Open City
Author(s): Teju Cole
ISBN: 0-571-27943-0 / 978-0-571-27943-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: Open City: A Novel
Author(s): Teju Cole
ISBN: 0-8129-8009-3 / 978-0-8129-8009-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: Open City
Author(s): Teju Cole
ISBN: 0-571-27942-2 / 978-0-571-27942-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

April 2011 : USA Audio CD
Title: Open City
Author(s): Teju Cole
ISBN: 1-4498-4128-7 / 978-1-4498-4128-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   

February 2011 : USA Audio edition
Title: Open City: A Novel
Author(s): Teju Cole
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

August 2011 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Open City
Author(s): Teju Cole
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   

February 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Open City: A Novel
Author(s): Teju Cole
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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