Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole was a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. Below is an excerpt from the essay collection.
A Piece of the Wall
“…Through narrow darkness, through scrub forests and rocky cliffs, our Elder Brother brought us across, his name was I’itio. On our setting out from the other side, he turned us into ants. He brought us through narrow darkness and out at Baboquivari Peak into this land. Here we became human again, and our Elder Brother rested in a cave on Baboquivari, and there he rests till this day, helping us.
The land is a maze. You have to be guided through, right from the beginning you had to be guided. The first story in the world is about safe passage…”
About the Book
Known and Strange Things is a collection of more than 40 essays. In this novel, Teju Cole discusses topics ranging from world politics, social media, photography, music, art, Black Lives Matter movement, mob lynching to Boko Haram, and others. It is a thought provoking, exciting and informative read.
About the Author
Teju Cole is a Nigerian-American writer, photographer, and art historian, born on the 27th of June 1975; to Nigerian parents and grew up in Lagos. His mother taught French while his father was a business executive who exported chocolate
Cole is the author of Every Day is for the Thief (2007); Open City (2012) Known and Strange Things (2016), and a photobook, Punto d'Ombra (2016) which was published in English in 2017 as Blind Spot.