The day a stained brown envelope arrives from Taduno's homeland, he knows that the time has come to return from exile. Arriving full of hope, the musician discovers that his community no longer recognises him and no one recalls his voice. His girlfriend Lela has disappeared, taken away by government agents. He wanders through his house in search of clues but any trace of his old life has been erased. As he realises that all there is left of the house and of himself is an empty shell, Taduno finds a new purpose: to unravel the mystery of his lost life and to find his lost love. Through this search, he comes to face a difficult decision: to sing for love or to sing for his people. Taduno's Song is a moving tale of sacrifice, love and courage.

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The Gazette

19 Mar 2017
8.0
‘Taduno’s Song,” the debut novel out this month by Nigerian author Odafe Atogun, begins with a startling idea: what if you could start a revolution with music? Musical superstar Taduno did just that and was forced into exile for writing songs a ...
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Read in Colour

15 Mar 2017
8.0
In the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Orpheus, son of Apollo, plays the lyre and is an amazing singer. No man nor beast could resist his tunes, even inanimate objects swooned at the sound of his music. Orpheus falls for Eurydice, the Beyonce of ...
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BookPage

03 Mar 2017
9.0
When Europeans left Africa, many predicted their replacement by tyrants as bad or worse. Several nations found themselves under the thumb of a “Big Man,” capricious and cruel. In his novel Taduno’s Song, Nigerian author Odafe Atogun ...
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Kirkus Reviews

26 Dec 2016
7.0
Debut novelist Atogun delivers a fine, allusive challenge to the dictators who infest Africa—and the world. Taduno, “no last name, no address, just Taduno,” is a musician in a strange land, where a letter from a lost love reaches him, pulling h ...
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The Bookeaters

01 Oct 2016
8.0
Taduno is living a quiet almost dreamlike exile in the UK when a stained brown envelope arrives from his homeland. He knows at once that things are not right with the love he left behind and feels he has no choice but to return no matter the danger h ...
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American Microreviews<

20 Aug 2016
8.0
There are too many books that are reimaginings of old fairytales and not enough new fairytales. It’s a genre that has completely disappeared under an increasing need for postmodern irony and post-postmodern sincerity. There’s no room for macrosym ...

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Published:

August 4, 2016

Publisher:

Canongate Books

ISBN:

978-1-782-11805-3

Language:

English

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