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Open City

Open City is a 2011 novel by Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole. The novel is primarily set in New York City, and concerns a Nigerian immigrant, Julius, who has recently broken up with his girlfriend. The novel received praise for its prose and depiction of New York.

It was included on several end of year lists of the best books published in 2011. Julius, a man completing the last year of a psychiatry fellowship, explores New York City and meets a variety of people over the course of a year.

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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.

Weight 199.58 g
Dimensions 126 x 22 x 194 mm
ISBN

9780099283829

Country

Nigeria

Pages

272

Format

Paperback

Language

English

Date

02 Feb 2012

Author

Teju Cole

Publisher

Faber & Faber