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The Sound of Things to Come

Emmanuel Iduma

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Fiction. African & African American Studies. 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.

Iduma's prose is always fresh and illuminating. Intelligent, haunting and evocative, The Sound of Things to Come marks him as a unique talent to watch. --Ayobami Adebayo

In THE SOUND OF THINGS TO COME to Come Emmanuel Iduma deploys a meta-psychological technique where his characters are dissected for both experiences and motives. The innards of his characters are exhibited as though for contemplation...And in spite of this experimental foray, their humanity is left intact. --Dami Ajayi

THE SOUND OF THINGS TO COME, Emmanuel Iduma's formally adventurous and uncommonly sophisticated debut, seduces us into becoming witnesses to the quiet desperation in the lives of a diverse cast of sympathetically drawn characters. The gradual revelation of the connections between these disparate lives illuminates the unpredictable workings of our common humanity and compels us to confront our shared vulnerabilities. THE SOUND OF THINGS TO COME privileges the road less travelled in its aesthetic choices. It is an essential read for anyone interested in unconventional fictional investigations of contemporary experience. --Rotimi Babatunde

Like an expert charmer, Emmanuel Iduma strings the reader along with delectable character portraits, building anticipation until the last page. THE SOUND OF THINGS TO COME announces the arrival of another talented writer. --Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Style and thematic matrix create a sense of the uncanny. Terse but lyrical prose and often-cryptic dialogue suggest hidden depths. Woven throughout are fragments of a shared postmodern culture that brackets Dostoyevsky and Kate Chopin, Eliot and Mia Couto, Hollywood and Nollywood, Europop and hip-hop, email and Twitter, elliptical quotes, as from T ib n's The Story of the Night and Mercier's Night Train to Lisbon, and bits of songs that sign both angst and 'a new dawn, ' like Michael Bubl 's cover of 'Feeling Good' and Colbie Caillat's 'The Little Things.' Together they convey alienation and the thirst for connection and meaning. --Michele Levy.


Praise For The Sound of Things to Come

Iduma’s prose is always fresh and illuminating. Intelligent, haunting and evocative, The Sound of Things to Come marks him as a unique talent to watch. —Ayobami Adebayo, Stay With Me (forthcoming)

In The Sound of Things to Come Emmanuel Iduma deploys a meta-psychological technique where his characters are dissected for both experiences and motives. The innards of his characters are exhibited as though for contemplation…And in spite of this experimental foray, their humanity is left intact. —Dami Ajayi, Clinical Blues

The Sound of Things to Come, Emmanuel Iduma's formally adventurous and uncommonly sophisticated debut, seduces us into becoming witnesses to the quiet desperation in the lives of a diverse cast of sympathetically drawn characters. The gradual revelation of the connections between these disparate lives illuminates the unpredictable workings of our common humanity and compels us to confront our shared vulnerabilities. The Sound of Things to Come privileges the road less travelled in its aesthetic choices. It is an essential read for anyone interested in unconventional fictional investigations of contemporary experience. —Rotimi Babatunde, winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, 2012

Like an expert charmer, Emmanuel Iduma strings the reader along with delectable character portraits, building anticipation until the last page. The Sound of Things to Come announces the arrival of another talented writer. —Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, author of The Whispering Trees and Caine Prize nominee

Mantle, 9780996577090, 216pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 2016



About the Author

Emmanuel Iduma​ was born and raised in Nigeria, where he trained as a lawyer. He received an MFA in art criticism and writing from the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is a co-founder of Saraba Magazine and co-editor of Gambit: Newer African Writing.