When it comes to Teju Cole, the unexpected is not unfamiliar: He’s an acclaimed novelist, an influential essayist, and an internationally exhibited photographer. In Blind Spot, readers follow Cole’s inimitable artistic vision into the visual realm as he continues to refine the voice, eye, and intellectual obsessions that earned him such acclaim for Open City. Here, journey through more than 150 of Cole’s full-color original photos, each accompanied by his lyrical and evocative prose, forming a multimedia diary of years of near-constant travel: from a park in Berlin to a mountain range in Switzerland, a church exterior in Lagos to a parking lot in Brooklyn; landscapes and interiors, beautiful or quotidian, that inspire Cole’s memories, fantasies, and introspections. Ships in Capri remind him of the work of writers from Homer to Edna O’Brien; a hotel room in Wannsee brings back a disturbing dream about a friend’s death; a home in Tivoli evokes a transformative period of semi-blindness, after which “the photography changed. . . . The looking changed.” As exquisitely wrought as the work of Anne Carson or Chris Marker, Blind Spot is a testament to the art of seeing by one of the most powerful and original voices in contemporary literature.

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Black Book Quotes

06 Sep 2017
8.0
"Blind Spot is a reckoning with presence and absence; a sturdy bridge between known and unknown, a fierce manifesto for a revolutionary way of encountering the world." ...
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theartsdesk.com

05 Sep 2017
"This journey explores blind spots of many sorts, perceptual and – above all – political" ...
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Los Angeles Times

05 Sep 2017
8.0
"Blind Spot uses the interplay of visual information and textual information, creating connective threads that span the individual locations, multiplying their resonances..." ...
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Los Angeles Review of ...

05 Sep 2017
8.0
"Blind Spot sustains this heady high note of oneiric sublimity, but Cole just as often employs his intelligence and compassion to unearth the grief and terror latent beneath the surface of an image." ...
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The Scotsman

05 Sep 2017
7.0
"Cole is inviting us to meditate on certain related themes, to sit back and ponder the hum established by adjacent words and images. He shows us the world as he sees it, tells us what it makes him think and feel, but leaves us free to draw our own co ...
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Kirkus Reviews

05 Sep 2017
7.0
"Memoir meets museum catalog in this engagingly meandering, genre-bending collection... A strange, cerebral, and very beautiful journey." ...

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Published:

June 13, 2017

Publisher:

Random House

ISBN:

978-0-399-59107-5

Language:

English

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