By Odafe Atogun
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 trepidation, the musician discovers that his community no longer recognises him, believing that Taduno is dead. His girlfriend Lela has disappeared, taken away by government agents. As he wanders through his house in search of clues, he realises that any traces of his old life have been erased. All that was left of his life and himself are memories. But 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.
Burning with magic and loss, exile and return, beauty and heartache, Taduno’s Song is a colossal epic, disguised as a small novel.’ Marlon James, author of A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS.
‘A heartfelt and imaginative story told with sincerity and compassion’ Pettina Gappah, author of THE BOOK OF MEMORY.
‘This quiet novel is an original. It is as if Odafe Atogun has plunged into the depths of the sea of Nigeria’s history and returned with a leviathan, and invited us to see – and be amused, troubled, scared, and even angry. And we cannot help but look’ Chigozie Obioma, author of THE FISHERMEN