A young woman loses her grip on reality, destroyed by being the mistress of a powerful general. A pastor hides the innocent from marauding gangs hyped up by post- election fervor. A philosophy professor struggles against his better judgment to save everyone but himself. In present day Nigeria, there are many centers of the universe. Told from various points of view, The Sound of Things to Come departs from the strictures of linear narratives. Loosely centered on the activities of a church, the many colorfully drawn characters in Emmanuel Iduma's breakthrough novel illuminate the complex interconnectedness of a community where individuals struggle through their own painful dramas. First published in 2012 as Farad in Nigeria, Iduma's novel is the disruptive harbinger of Nigeria's rising generation of writers.

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Afridiaspora

11 May 2017
8.0
The Sound of Things to Come is daringly experimental. It’s unlike your normal novel. This is an unusual novel that partly reads like a collection of short stories. Emmanuel Iduma uses this book to blur rigid classification of literature. I think th ...
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Bakwa Magazine

08 May 2017
7.0
There is a saying that the world is a small place, that there is always someone who knows someone who knows us. Ours, we have come to believe, is a far-flung, yet close by neighborhood. In The Sound of Things to Come, Emmanuel Iduma’s debut, the wo ...
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World Literature Today

06 Mar 2017
7.0
The Sound of Things to Come, a novel in eight apparently unlinked stories, portrays educated urban Nigerians. Its context external realities during and after Sani Abacha, its content the existential despair of characters shadowed by death, this deman ...

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Published:

October 15, 2016

Publisher:

The Mantle

ISBN:

978-0-996-57709-0

Language:

English

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