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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 03/04/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571307920