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Cole every day is for the thief

Every Day is for the Thief

Publisher

Random House, New York

Language

English

In this spare, episodic novel, a young Nigerian doctor returns to Lagos after many years away to rediscover the city. In a series of short chapters, he describes scenes from Internet cafes, traverses the city by its chaotic bus system, witnesses small-scale acts of corruption, and recalls an outbreak of violence at an outdoor market. These vignettes compose a complex yet humane portrait of a teeming city in which even “The air in the strange, familiar environment of this city is dense with story, and it draws me into thinking of life as stories. The narratives fly at me from all directions.” Black-and-white photographs of the city, taken by Cole, accompany the narrative.