May's Book: Open City, by Teju Cole

Monday, May 07, 2012

Teju Cole's debut novel, Open City, is about a young Nigerian doctor who wanders around Manhattan reflecting on his relationships, recent breakup, and his past. Although it's set in busy, crowded New York City, the novel explores themes of isolation, dislocation, and identity. The New Yorker called Open City "Beautiful, subtle—and original...A prismatic debut," and it was awarded the 2012 PEN/Hemingway Award.


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The next thing to do is by putting your arms down whilst your palms are forward and with your low back close to the wall. Now slowly bring your head to the wall with your chick tucked in. Suck in your abs as much as you can the hold onto the position for about 10 seconds. Do this again for at least 3 times. Sit on a chair and place your feet flat on the floor. Now push your chin backwards as far as possible using your fingers. Push in a gentle manner such that you get to feel the muscles stretch in your upper back. Repeat this for at least 3 times and try to hold onto each position for about 10 seconds.

May. 22 2012 12:17 AM
Vivian Yang from New York, NY

Mr. Cole, would you characterize Julius as being a contemporary "flâneur" as Charles Baudelaire first conceived it?

May. 07 2012 12:58 PM
MG from NYC

Will Leonard ask Mr. Cole about his rather strong invective against Nick Kristof in The Atlantic - "The White Savior Industrial Complex"?

May. 07 2012 12:58 PM
Maria from Brooklyn

Mr. Cole, thank you for your book, a wonderful achievement. You leave the reader with more questions than answers, such as whether Julius imagines episodes such as that of Pierre and his past. What is next for you in fiction? I hope a new book, soon.

May. 07 2012 12:56 PM
Starr from St Paul Minnesota

Is the book available in audio?

May. 07 2012 12:53 PM
Nan from Westchester County

Mr. Cole's observations of New York City are so exacting and evocative, causing me to wonder whether he wrote 'on location' or from memory. Could he speak about his process a bit?

May. 07 2012 12:41 PM

First, I loved your book and have been recommending it to friends since I read it last year -- thank you. My question: did you think about adding photos to the text and what do you think the advantages/disadvantages of doing so would be?

May. 07 2012 10:18 AM
Susan from DC

I am with the above poster - does the author believe that Julius raped that woman (cannot remember her name now)or not? Does Julius believe he did it?

May. 07 2012 10:08 AM

This must be an oft repeated question but I dont think Teju has convincingly addressed that in any of his interviews except that drama has a way of seeking us.
Why didnt Julius acknowledge the accusation to us readers, when he lays it threadbare for all his other experiences. It would be out of turn for his character to not react to it at all even if he doesnt believe it.

May. 07 2012 10:06 AM

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