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Blind Spot by Teju Cole

Blind Spot

Blind Spot by Teju Cole
Jun 13, 2017 | 352 Pages
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“This lyrical essay in photographs paired with texts explores the mysteries of the ordinary. Cole’s questioning, tentative habit of mind, suspending judgement while hoping for the brief miracle of insight, is a form of what used to be called humanism.”The New York Times Books Review (Editors’ Choice)

“Common things [are] made radiant by the quality of Cole’s looking. . . . In this new, luminous book, Cole shows himself to be really one of the best at seeing.”The Guardian
“An eclectically brilliant distillation of what photography can do, and why it remains an important art form . . . It shows what an extraordinarily gifted writer [Cole] is. . . . Cole has crafted a beautifully wrought and finely blended mixture of visual and narrative art. It is a chimera of thought and craft, of intellect and emotion, of the political and the personal, the historical and the contemporary.”San Francisco Chronicle
“Reminiscent of Julio Cortázar’s Blow-Up . . . Cole expertly punctures placidity to expose concealed violence.”The New York Review of Books

“Cole transforms a simple travelogue format into something haunting and existential.”St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“A poetic reflection on the confines of vision and knowledge.”Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Dazzling . . . cerebral yet intimate . . . Spanning six continents and several years, the elegant hardcover combines personal essay, history, biography, journalism, and photography into a seamless package, capturing human dignity and grace through careful, clear-eyed reverence.”Vice
“[In] luminous prose . . . Teju Cole has succeeded in shredding experience into tiny fragments, all of which add up to much more than the sum of their parts.”Los Angeles Times

“An eye-opening exploration of the world, time, and how the two connect.”Nylon

“Stunning . . . [Blind Spot] feels like the fulfillment of an intellectual project that has defined most of [Teju Cole’s] career.”Slate
“The book, quite frankly, needs to be seen for itself. Like all great works, it defies paraphrase—it cannot be brought under the dominion of a single interpretation.”The Forward

Blind Spot is many things at once: both memoir and map of the world, both essay on photography and elegy for the lost arts of looking and seeing . . . [with texts] as succinct and enigmatic as shards from an archaeological site.”The Village Voice

“Calmly incantatory and unsettlingly alert . . . the resonance of the more than 150 photographs Cole has taken and collected here is deepened for being met with such sustained and lyrical textual scrutiny, with the free forays of his capacious mind.”The Millions
“I’ll . . . read anything by Teju Cole, whose sharp eye when writing about photography, I find, sharpens my eye for everything else, too.”—Louise Kennedy, WBUR

“Cole is the real ambidextrous deal, and this new book of photographs and prose fragments confirms that he’s an accomplished practitioner in both fields—also, an artful thinker about how they fit together and come apart. . . . It’s a work at once of profundity and lightness—a world shuttered, wound on, begun again.”4Columns

“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

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