Season of Migration to the North

By Tayeb Salih; Denys Johnson-Davies (Translator); Laila Lalami (Introduction by)
(New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590173022, 139pp.)

Publication Date: April 14, 2009

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After years of study in Europe, the young narrator of Season of Migration to the North returns to his village along the Nile in the Sudan. It is the 1960s, and he is eager to make a contribution to the new postcolonial life of his country. Back home, he discovers a stranger among the familiar faces of childhood—the enigmatic Mustafa Sa’eed. Mustafa takes the young man into his confidence, telling him the story of his own years in London, of his brilliant career as an economist, and of the series of fraught and deadly relationships with European women that led to a terrible public reckoning and his return to his native land.

But what is the meaning of Mustafa’s shocking confession? Mustafa disappears without explanation, leaving the young man—whom he has asked to look after his wife—in an unsettled and violent no-man’s-land between Europe and Africa, tradition and innovation, holiness and defilement, and man and woman, from which no one will escape unaltered or unharmed.

Season of Migration to the North is a rich and sensual work of deep honesty and incandescent lyricism. In 2001 it was selected by a panel of Arab writers and critics as the most important Arab novel of the twentieth century.




About the Author
Tayeb Salih was born in the Northern Province of the Sudan in 1929 and studied at Khartoum and London Universities. Coming from a background of small farmers and religious teachers, his original intention was to work in agriculture. Except, however, for a brief spell as a school master before coming to England, his working life has been in broadcasting and he has been Head of Drama in the B.B.C.'s Arabic Service.

Denys Johnson-Davies has lived much of his life in the Middle East and has published fifteen volumes of modern Arabic literature. He lives in Cairo, Abu Dhabi, and Spain. Roger Allen is Professor of Arabic Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of "The Arabic Novel" (1994) and "Modern Arabic Literature" (1987).

Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco. Her work has appeared in the Baltimore Review, the Los Angeles Times, the Independent, Moby, and elsewhere. She is the creator and editor of the literary blog www.moorishgirl.com, which has been the subject of articles in USA Today and the Washington Post. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter.
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