Big fates! Teju Cole’s ‘Open City’ makes Time Magazine’s Top 10 list

By Rachel Ogbu

Just a few weeks ago, we were raving about Teju Cole’s debut book; ‘Open City’ and now Time magazine has paid attention to this great work awarding it the fourth position in its 2011 Top 10 Fiction Books compilation.

 According to the magazine, there’s not much by way of plot to Teju Cole’s novel, in which a Nigerian psychiatry resident named Julius takes long walks around New York City. But the flights of Julius’ mind — both the things he remembers and the things he elides — fuel a powerful and unnerving inquiry into the human soul.

Cole – who is popular on Nigerian social network spaces for his ‘Small Fates’ short Twitter-handle news updates – has been likened to literary heavyweights like J.M. Coetzee, W.G. Sebald and Henry James, but ‘Open City’ merits higher praise: it’s a profoundly original work, intellectually stimulating and possessing of a style both engaging and seductive.


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