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Season of Migration to the North

Season of Migration to the North

by Tayeb Salih
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    ISBN-13: 2900435913532
    Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
    Publication date: 08/28/2008
    Edition description: New Edition
    Pages: 133
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

    About the Author

    Tayeb Salih (1929-2009) was born in northern Sudan in 1929 and educated at the University of Khartoum. After a brief period working as a teacher, he moved to London to work with the BBC Arabic Service. Salih later worked as director general of information in Qatar in the Arabian Gulf, and then with unesco in Paris and the Arab Gulf States. Along with Season of Migration to the North, his books in English include The Wedding of Zein (which will be published as an

    NYRB Classic) and Bandarshah.


    Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco. Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post and elsewhere. Her debut collection of short stories, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, was published in the fall of 2005, and her first novel, Secret Son, was published in the spring of 2009. She is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside.


    Denys Johnson-Davies(1922-2017)published more than twenty-five volumes of stories, novels, plays, and poetry translated from modern Arabic literature.

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    Season of Migration to the North 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
    pamelad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    After studying English literature in London the unnamed narrator returns to his village in the Sudan to find that in his absence a mysterious stranger has settled there. The new settler, Mustafa Sa'eed, has impressed many of the villagers with his hard work and intelligence, but they know little about his earlier life. Sa'eed begins to reveal to the narrator the tragedy of his former life in the London of the twenties. Sa'eed had left his home as a child, to be educated by the English first in Cairo, then in London. He had studied at Oxford and gained fame for his economic theories, but remained an exotic oddity, a savage or a god, never the person in-between. The poetry of Salih's writing illustrates the gap between the English and Arabic cultures; it is distant and beautiful, almost biblical.As the narrator discovers more about the mystery of Sa'eed, the tension builds. The final tragedy has its roots not only in Sa'eed's past, but in Arab culture itself.Almost until the very end I thought this was a wonderful book, but the revelation of Sa'eed's English downfall was too reminiscent of D. H. Lawrence. Even so, the book is well worth reading.