To follow up on our discussion, you can find an outline of Prof. H. Mark Roelofs' concept of the Confessional Life archived on this blog, here: The Confessional Life
James Wood's key review of Open City in the New Yorker: "The Arrival of Enigmas"
Here is the recent article I mentioned by Teju Cole, on the topic of translation, at New York Review of Books: Carrying a Single Life: On Literature and Translation
Teju Cole Interview: My Looking Became Sacred (YouTube): https://youtu.be/71JZEWGtAm4
Teju Cole on Open City - The John Adams Institute (YouTube): https://youtu.be/CySelcG7C30
The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club: Teju Cole Open City (YouTube): https://youtu.be/W8Qf0Iohtos
Here is the magnificent photo book by Teju Cole and Fazal Sheikh, Human Archipelago (image links to Amazon):