Latest Issue

Teju Cole's debut novel tackles the American identity crisis in the aftermath of 9/11

His debut novel, Open City, has been a surprise hit in America. A weak-kneed James Wood called the book “beautiful, subtle, and, finally, original,” while Colm Tóibín championed it as “a novel to savour and treasure.” Above all, it has been hailed as a landmark in post 9/11 fiction. But in a year of retrospectives and reassessments of the World Trade Centre attacks and their aftermath, Teju Cole’s voice will stand out…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect