Teju Cole: "Every Day Is For The Thief"

Teju Cole: "Every Day Is For The Thief"

The story of a Nigerian-American doctor who returns to his native Lagos and rediscovers what he loves and hates about the city. The author of "Open City" on his new book and his experiments with photography and social media.

By some estimates, the Nigerian city of Lagos has a population of 21 million, making it one of the largest cities in the world. Its vibrancy as well as its grit are captured in a novella by Nigerian-American writer and photographer Teju Cole. Through his words and photographs, the streets of Lagos teem with life and commerce, traffic jams and injustice. The narrator is returning to Nigeria after many years in the U.S. Everything he sees is through the fresh eyes of a foreigner, but also with the compassion -- and impatience -- of a local. A conversation with the author of the award-winning novel "Open City."


Teju Cole

author of "Open City," a debut novel that won numerous prizes, including the PEN/Hemingway Award.

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Excerpted from EVERY DAY IS FOR THE THIEF by Teju Cole Copyright © 2014 by Teju Cole. Excerpted by permission of Random House, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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