“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 the Man Booker Prize-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings.
“This quiet novel is an original. It is as if the writer, Mr. Atogun, has plunged into the depth the sea of Nigeria’s history and returned with a leviathan, and has invited us to see—and be amused, troubled, scared, and even angry. And we can not help but look”—Chigozie Obioma, author of the American Library Association’s top debut novel, The Fishermen
“Uniting a retelling of the Orpheus myth, an indictment of totalitarian inhumanity, and a Kafkaesque meditation on identity within the spare language of fable, Atogun’s memorable debut novel testifies to the power of both oppression and art”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Atogun is not without Kafka’s often humane and comic touches. Like Orwell, Atogun excels in plain language, in reducing situations to their bare essentials. Yet the author resists reducing his characters to mere political symbols. They are compelling as people in their own right.”—Bookpage
“This beautiful little book deserves a place on the shelf. Thoughtful readers will be enthralled.”—Library Journal