Every Day is for the Thief

Every Day is for the Thief

Paperback Published on: 03/04/2014
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Every Day is for the Thief
6 star read
Our unnamed narrator left his home in Nigeria as a young man to study in the USA. He now returns to Lagos for the first time in 15 years, visiting family a... READ MORE
Claudia  Sunderhauf


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. 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.

  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 9780571307920
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Weight: 202g
  • Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 14 mm

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