Voici le récit d'un retour au pays difficile et émouvant. Le narrateur, Nigérian résidant à New York depuis quinze ans, part pour trois semaines à Lagos, sa ville natale. En 27 chapitres, il rend compte de ce voyage au cours duquel il tâche de renouer avec l'univers étourdissant de la mégapole africaine.
Teju Cole capte les scènes qui ponctuent le séjour de son personnage et les traduit avec justesse : les pots-de-vin exigés par l'employé du consulat à New York, les périples en danfos, ces minibus jaunes décrépis et bondés qui fusent dans les rues de Lagos, le châtiment des voleurs à la tir au marché. Des photographies prises par Teju Cole lors de son séjour à Lagos amplifient l'expressivité du texte, servi par une langue précise et mélancolique.
Écrivain, historien de l'art et photographe, Teju Cole est né en 1975 aux États-Unis et a grandi au Nigeria, d'où ses parents sont originaires. Il vit aujourd'hui à Brooklyn et est critique de photographie pour le New York Times Magazine. Il a également écrit pour le New York Times, the New Yorker, Granta et Brick.
Avant Chaque jour appartient au voleur, Livre de l'année 2014 pour le New York Times et le Telegraph, Open City (Denoël 2012, 10/18 2014) a été récompensé par le PEN/Hemingway Award.
A New York Times Notable Book • One of the ten top novels of the year --Time and NPR NAMED A BEST BOOK ON MORE THAN TWENTY END-OF-THE-YEAR LISTS, INCLUDING The New Yorker • The Atlantic • The Economist • Newsweek/The Daily Beast • The New Republic • New York Daily News • Los Angeles Times • The Boston Globe • The Seattle Times • Minneapolis Star Tribune • GQ • Salon • Slate • New York magazine • The Week • The Kansas City Star • Kirkus ReviewsA 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 named Julius wanders, reflecting on his relationships, his recent breakup with his girlfriend, his present, his past. He encounters 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] prismatic debut . . . beautiful, subtle, [and] original.”--The New Yorker “A psychological hand grenade.”--The Atlantic ldquo;Magnificent . . . a remarkably resonant feat of prose.”--The Seattle Times “A precise and poetic meditation on love, race, identity, friendship, memory, [and] dislocation.”--The Economist
'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 world.
A young man decides to visit Nigeria after years of absence. Ahead lies the difficult journey back to the family house and all its memories; meetings with childhood friends and above all, facing up to the paradox of Nigeria, whose present is as burdened by the past as it is facing a new future.Along the way, our narrator encounters life in Lagos. He is captivated by a woman reading on a danfo; attempts to check his email are frustrated by Yahoo boys; he is charmingly duped buying fuel. He admires the grace of an aunty, bereaved by armed robbers and is inspired by the new malls and cultural venues. The question is: should he stay or should he leave?But before the story can even begin, he has to queue for his visa..Every Day is for the Thiefis a striking portrait of Nigeria in change. Through a series of cinematic portraits of everyday life in Lagos, Teju Cole provides a fresh approach to the returnee experience.- See more at: http://www.cassavarepublic.biz/products/every-day-is-for-the-thief#sthash.qe7r4oNv.dpuf