Every Day is for the Thief
A young man returns to Nigeria after fifteen years in New York. Like him, the country of his childhood has...
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- Author Teju Cole
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A young man returns to Nigeria after fifteen years in New York. Like
him, the country of his childhood has grown up quickly, found fast-food
restaurants, email cafes, contempt for authority, the all-consuming draw
of 'money for nothing'.
From the consulate in Manhattan to the
dusty streets of Lagos, life in modern Nigeria runs like clockwork-as
long as you pay the fee. A bribe for the visa clerk, a 'Christmas gift'
at immigration, cash-no receipt-at the unofficial tollbooth. Petrol
pumps are rigged to overcharge and Internet cafes overflow with career
scammers ('Dear friend...'), but the police are too busy doling out
bogus fines to care. In a country routinely plundered of its oil and
ancient treasures, who is to say who can thieve and who can't?
our narrator makes the difficult journey back to his family house and
its memories, he is confronted by the paradox of a country he wants to
love, as burdened by its impoverished past as it is blinded by the
spoils of the future. Every Day is for the thief-now published for the
first time outside Nigeria-is a candid tale of political and spiritual
corruption and a moving account of what it means to go home.
About the Author
Teju Cole was brought up in Nigeria and moved to the USA in 1992. He is a writer, photographer and professional historian of early Netherlandish art. His novel Open City won the PEN / Hemingway Award, the New York City Book Award for fiction and the Internationaler Literaturpreis and was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Ondaatje Prize of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in New York City.
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