“The world belongs to Cole and is thornily and gloriously allied with his curiosity and his personhood…History—literary, political, social or personal—offers us a vast archive of knowledge that both influences and challenges the definitions we construct for ourselves. On every level of engagement and critique, Known and Strange Things is an essential and scintillating journey.”

The New York Times Book Review

“A powerful and unnerving inquiry into the human soul. Cole has earned flattering comparisons to literary heavyweights like J.M. Coetzee, W.G. Sebald and Henry James, but Open City merits higher praise: it’s a profoundly original work, intellectually stimulating and possessing of a style both engaging and seductive.”

Time Magazine

“[Teju Cole’s] novels are lean, expertly sustained performances. The places he can go, you feel, are just about limitless.”

The New York Times (on Every Day is for the Thief)

“Beautiful, subtle, and finally, original.”

The New Yorker (on Open City)