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Farad, named for the unit of an electrical charge, is a novella that cuts laser-like through a multilayered society. Touching biographies of ordinary citizens—young academics and ageing psychologists, Christian editors and call girls, strange women and music artistes—told in stylish, interrupted narratives, are woven into a detailed mosaic of modern Nigeria. Reminiscent of ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published December 21st 2012 by Parresia Books (first published May 25th 2012)
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Ishaq Hud
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I stumbled upon Farad while I was going on vacation, I finished it within two days, it is unputdownable, it is new in its style, simple in it's language and very philosophical.
It's stories, which are not "short stories" are likely to mislead one, for example, if you read them as short stories, you will find them too detailed for short stories (at least some of them), so the first secret to enjoying the book is to read it as a novel, despite its disjointedness in stories.
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Farad openswith a story about an intelligent university student who went into a trance and became touchy in the head after sleeping in general Sani Abacha's palace for weeks.

Frank, a young lecturerwas called by his ex-girlfriend to help cure his sister, Ella, who is suffering from mental illness after witnessing horror in a dictator's den.

The story closes with Ella's escape, and another opens withan ethno religious crisisin Jos. This collection of 8 stories are related, intricately detailed, and
Dami Ajayi
Emmanuel Iduma is a debut novelist. His prose is effortless and sparse. His style lies in a simplicity that holds a tinge of deception. His language is fluent and tangy, organic. 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 or for seeking similarities. And in spite of this experimental foray, their humanity is left intact.
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book started off as really good with the first story possessing an air of mysteriousness and I appreciated the use of English, how it sometimes sounded like a poem. Other stories were not so bad but I was eager to finish, as they could not compare in depth to the first story. The writer seemed knowledgeable in literature and It was an almost enjoyable read nevertheless.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was so pissed i bought this book, was just too bland for me.
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Emmanuel Iduma, born and raised in Nigeria, is a writer and art critic. He is the author of the novel The Sound of Things to Come and co-editor of Gambit: Newer African Writing. He has contributed essays on art and photography to a number of journals, magazines, and exhibition catalogues, including Guernica, ARTNews, ESOPUS, and The Trans-African, for which he works as managing editor. His ...more
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