The North American version of my 2012 novel Farad, is available in a new edition as The Sound of Things to Come (The Mantle, New York). Here I talk about my writing process while at work on the book.


“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 demanding novel evokes the mystery of being.” — World Literature Today

“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.

Read older reviews of Farad.

Gambit: Newer African Writing (co-edited with Shaun Randol) is a unique collection of nine interviews and original short stories by emerging writers from across Africa—Abdul Adan, Ayobami Adebayo, Dami Ajayi, Richard Ali, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Dango Mkandawire, Donald Molosi, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, and Suzanne Ushie.


“A Gambit is a first move in a game, mostly chess. And, this anthology of lovely stories is published as a first move, a trigger for writers and editors to publish more of its kind. A trigger also to show the literary world how beautiful Africa’s literature at its best could look like.” —Africa Book Link.

“Gambit is a testament of endless possibilities and the richness of untapped thoughts and conversations.” — This is Africa.

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