Known and Strange Things: Essays - Teju Cole

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This can be read as a collection of essays, or as a diagnostic look at how individuals, communities, and countries can work with one another. Known and Strange Things might be, at its core, a series of travel essays focused on the social and political. Cole’s duty is to question what it is we think we see: in one essay, “Blind Spot,” Cole worries a waitress might think he is illiterate, not knowing about his eyesight. The idea here, as in the rest of the collection, is being misread. Cole is aware of both how he might be seen, but also how others are seen without context. In Known and Strange Things, Cole is inviting you to take a journey of discovery; a trip around the world without a passport. Just know, when you arrive, you might see terrible, beautiful, or strange things.

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ISBN: 9780812989786
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 9th, 2016