Teju Cole's Nigeria and the open cities of New York and Brussels

Authors

  • Igor Maver

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/an.46.1-2.3-11

Keywords:

American literature / American novel / Nigerian literature in English / literary studies

Abstract

The novel Open City (2011) by the Nigerian-born and raised author Teju Cole isset in New York City, where he has lived since 1992. The narrator and protagonist of the book, the young Nigerian doctor Julius in is a veritable flâneur in the Big Apple, who is observing the rapidly changing multiethnic character of the city and meditating on (his) history and culture, identity and solitude, and the world beyond the United States, with which it is interconnected through the global history of violence and pain. He is juxtaposing the past and the present, the seemingly borderless open city of New York, Nigeria, and the various European locales, particularly Brussels.Thenovel, although set in the United States, is constantly interspersed with his recollections of his past experiences conditioned by hiscomplex hybrid Nigerian-European-American identity.

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Published

31. 12. 2013

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How to Cite

Teju Cole’s Nigeria and the open cities of New York and Brussels. (2013). Acta Neophilologica, 46(1-2), 3-11. https://doi.org/10.4312/an.46.1-2.3-11