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 Looks like fans of Teju Cole may have cause for celebrating. In addition to the US release of Everyday For The Thief, a non-fiction book about Lagos is well on the way.

The title is grim, provocative, and Sebaldian. Patently Teju! We can’t wait. 

Novelist Teju Cole has sold a nonfiction book to Random House, called Radio Lagos: Life, Death, and the Afterlife in Africa’s Biggest City. According to a press release from his publisher, the book uses “history, memoir, essay, interviews, and reportage to tell the story of Africa’s most essential and mysterious metropolis.” Cole wrote in the release: “Lagos is overpopulated but underinterpreted. It has an energy that can shift quickly, inspiring one moment, frightening the next. It is the city I know better than any other, and in Radio LagosI want to set down in an unfictionalized form as much of that complexity as I can.” Cole has previously written about Lagos in an essay in Granta

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