American writer Teju Cole reads from his novel, Open City (2011) at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. In this award-winning first-person narrative, Cole recounts the story of a Nigerian-German psychiatrist in New York who – in best flâneur fashion – strolls the streets of Manhattan. In the course of his walking meditations, his protagonist reveals both his own sense of loss and the struggles of a nation trying to regain a sense of direction after the trauma of 9/11.
Open City is Teju Cole’s second novel; his first, Every Day Is for the Thief, was until now available only in Nigeria, where it was published in 2007. Teju Cole will be a resident at the “Literarisches Colloquium Berlin” (LCB) this spring and give several readings throughout Gemany. Dates will be published on the American Studies Journal Facebook site soon.