Objects & Places from Open City

Teju Cole
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New York City

This is the primary setting for the novel, an urban environment in which the narrator goes for long walks.

Brussels

This is a city in Belgium, where the narrator travels on vacation with the half-hearted purpose of locating his relatives.

Lagos

This is the city the main character grew up in, in Nigeria.

Berlin

This is the city in which the main character’s maternal family lived, before moving to Nigeria.

Monster of New Amsterdam

This is a book written by a scholar who is a patient of the main character’s. It concerns a subject that is depressing and difficult to handle emotionally, and this takes a toll on the author.

Obatala

This is a divinity in the Yoruba culture, who is charged with forming human beings out of clay. This divinity is supposed to have gotten drunk while it was creating people, and...

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