No of Pages: 130
Author: Teju Cole
Publication Date: 2007
A young man decides to visit Nigeria after years of absence. Ahead lies the difficult journey back to the family house and all its memories; meetings with childhood friends and above all, facing up to the paradox of Nigeria, whose present is as burdened by the past as it is facing a new future.
Along the way, our narrator encounters life in Lagos. He is captivated by a woman reading on a danfo; attempts to check his email are frustrated by Yahoo boys; he is charmingly duped buying fuel. He admires the grace of an aunty, bereaved by armed robbers and is inspired by the new malls and cultural venues. The question is: should he stay or should he leave?
But before the story can even begin, he has to queue for his visa.. read excerpt here
Every Day is for the Thief is a striking portrait of Nigeria in change. Through a series of cinematic portraits of everyday life in Lagos, Teju Cole provides a fresh approach to the returnee experience.
“Poetic, sensuous, searchingly honest and tragic in places, Every Day is for the Thief comes without judgement or bitterness; and will renew interest in the art of travel writing. Lagos breathes on every page. This is how to write about Africa.” Molara Wood, Writer/Arts Journalist.
“This book transported me back to the Lagos of everyday – buzzy, crazy, funny, heartbreaking – and made me want to step back into it. This is a writer with natural flair and a promising future.” Diana Evans, author of 26a