KNOWN AND STRANGE THINGS

: Cole (T.)

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393pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Reprint, London, (2016) 2017

 

A collection of essays and newspaper columns on politics, photography, travel, history, and literature, from Virginia Woolf, Shakespeare, V.S. Naipaul and W. G. Sebald to Instagram, Barack Obama and Boko Haram.

"The forms of resistance depend on the culture they resist, and in our era of generalizations and approximations and sloppiness, Teju Cole's precise and vivid observation and description are an antidote and a joy. This is a book written with a scalpel, a microscope, and walking shoes, full of telling details and sometimes big surprises." Rebecca Solnit, author of Men Explain Things to Me

"Absolutely wonderful  ... Teju Cole is so erudite, so laser sharp, that his intelligence shimmers, but best of all, his personality shines through as being kind and generous. I found myself transported and moved deeply." Petina Gappah, author of The Book of Memory

Teju Cole was born in the United States in 1975 and raised in Nigeria. He is the author of the novella Every Day Is for the Thief, the novel Open City and the photobook Blind Spot. He has won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Internationaler Literaturpreis, the New York City Book Award, and the Windham Campbell Prize for Fiction. His photography has been widely exhibited, and he was the Photography Critic of The New York Times MagazineHe is Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing at Harvard University and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.