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Every Day is for the Thief

Teju Cole

A candid tale of political and spiritual corruption from the author of international bestseller Open City.

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A young man returns to Nigeria after fifteen years in New York. The country of his childhood has changed: it has found fast-food restaurants, email cafes, contempt for authority and the all-consuming draw of ‘money for nothing’. From the consulate back in Manhattan to the dusty streets of Lagos, life runs like clockwork — as long as you can pay the fee: a bribe for the visa clerk; a ‘Christmas gift’ at immigration. Petrol pumps overcharge and internet cafes overflow with scammers. Every Day is for the Thief is a candid tale of political and spiritual corruption, and a moving account of what it means to go home.

Critic Reviews

As readers of Cole's novel Open City will expect, this book is beautifully written, compelling, concise and with a degree of romantic abandon.

Philip Hensher, Independent on Sunday
Critic Reviews

One of the things I immediately loved about Every Day is For the Thief is its refusal to conform to genre, which makes reading it, especially after a steady stream of plot-driven novels, feel like coming up for air...In the poetic final shot, Lagos holds her head with dignity, and she looks stunning.

NoViolet Bulawayo, Financial Times
Critic Reviews

The short, elegantly crafted chapters of Every Day is for the Thief offer accutely observed snapshots of Lagos life. The appeal of this novel lies...in the sheer intimate pleasure of a passionate examination of the flaws of the beloved.

Ella Allfrey, Independent
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Teju Cole has a photographer's eye for detail.

Helon Habila, Guardian

Teju Cole is the author of Every Day Is for the Thief, Open City, and Known and Strange Things. His honours include 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 is the Photography Critic of The New York Times Magazine.

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