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Blind Spot by Teju Cole

Blind Spot

  • Hardcover $40.00

    Jun 13, 2017 | 352 Pages

  • Ebook $13.99

    Jun 13, 2017 | 352 Pages

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Advance praise for Blind Spot

“[Teju] Cole’s fiction and essays are incredible, unexpected, and beautiful; he’s also a spectacular photographer. His first collection of photographs, each image accompanied by his stunning prose, promises to show us the world through his eyes, which always seem to see things in a brilliant new light.”—Lisa Lucas, National Book Foundation

“Once you get a taste of [Cole’s] writing, you can quickly (and hungrily) burn through what’s available. Thankfully, Blind Spot will indulge the senses by combining both of Cole’s loves in this . . . full-color collection of Cole’s photos, accompanied by his prose. ‘The places [Teju Cole] can go, you feel, are just about limitless,’ The New York Times has said. Here, in the vein of Anne Carson, Claudia Rankine, and Susan Sontag, he proves it.”The Week

“Many artists have felt the lure of juxtaposing photographs and text, but few have succeeded as well as Teju Cole. He approaches this problem with an understanding of the limitations and glories of each medium.”—Stephen Shore, author of Uncommon Places

“Memoir meets museum catalog . . . A strange, cerebral, and very beautiful journey.”Kirkus Reviews

“This ambitious study deserves a spot on the shelf next to Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida and Susan Sontag’s On Photography.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Teju Cole

“The places [Teju Cole] can go, you feel, are just about limitless.”The New York Times

“[Cole is] one of the most vibrant voices in contemporary writing.”LA Times

“There’s almost no subject Cole can’t come at from a startling angle. . . . His [is a] prickly, eclectic, roaming mind.”The Boston Globe

“To read, see, and travel with him is to be changed by the questions that challenge him.”Publishers Weekly

“In following [Cole’s] wanderings, I have often a sense of beholding something more delicate . . . but also more ordinary and more heartbreaking than the eye can typically bear. [His] photographs . . . insist on intimacy, transparency, confrontation.”—Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go

“Cole the photographer is watchful but he holds back. Even in the act of speaking to us, he is alert to stillness. . . . The images are imbued with their own lasting mystery. Like magical poems that leave brief traces of light on the fingers of a reader who is now alone in the middle of the night.”—Amitava Kumar, author of A Matter of Rats

“An observer and truth-seeker of the highest order . . . Cole has trained himself well in the art of seeing bottomless richness in things normally taken at face value.”Pacific Northwest Magazine

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