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 fervour. A philosophy professor struggles against his better judgment to save everyone but himself. In present-day Nigeria, there are many centres of the universe.
Told from various points of view Sound of Things to Come departs from the strictures of linear narratives. Loosely centred on the activities of a church, the many colourfully 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.
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.