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Season of Migration to the North

ISBN-10: 1590173023
ISBN-13: 9781590173022
Edition: 2009
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Description: After many years of study in Europe, the young narrator ofSeason of Migration to the Northreturns to his village along the Nile in the Sudan, eager to make a contribution to the new postcolonial life of his country. Back home, he discovers a  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 4/14/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

After many years of study in Europe, the young narrator ofSeason of Migration to the Northreturns to his village along the Nile in the Sudan, eager to make a contribution to the new postcolonial life of his country. Back home, he discovers a stranger among the familiar faces of childhoodthe enigmatic Mustafa Sa'eed. Mustafa takes the young man into his confidence, telling him the story of his own years in London in the early part of the twentieth century, 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 himself disappears without explanation, leaving the young manwhom he has asked to look after his wifein 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. One of the pinnacles of modern Arabic literature,Season of Migration to the Northis a work of scorching honesty and incandescent lyricism.

Author Tayeb Salih was born in northern Sudan in 1929. He studied at the University of Khartoum and the University of London. He was one of the best known and most translated Arabic novelists of the 20th century. His works include Season of Migration to the North and The Wedding of Zein. He was also a broadcaster for the BBC Arabic Service, wrote a weekly column for the London-based Arabic language newspaper al Majalla, and worked at the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris. He died from complications related to a kidney condition on February 18, 2009.

LAILA LALAMI was born and raised in Morocco. Her work has appeared in the Baltimore Review, the Los Angeles Times, the Independent, the Nation, and elsewhere. She is the creator and editor of the literary blog www.moorishgirl.com. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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