By Tayeb Salih
After years of research in Europe, the younger narrator of Season of Migration to the North returns to his village alongside the Nile within the Sudan. it's the Nineteen Sixties, and he's wanting to contribute to the recent postcolonial lifetime of his kingdom. again domestic, he discovers a stranger one of the primary faces of childhood—the enigmatic Mustafa Sa’eed. Mustafa takes the younger guy into his self belief, telling him the tale of his personal years in London, of his fantastic occupation as an economist, and of the sequence of fraught and lethal relationships with ecu girls that ended in a negative public reckoning and his go back to his local land.
But what's the which means of Mustafa’s surprising confession? Mustafa disappears with no rationalization, leaving the younger man—whom he has requested to appear after his wife—in an unsettled and violent no-man’s-land among Europe and Africa, culture and innovation, holiness and defilement, and guy and lady, from which not anyone will get away unaltered or unharmed.
Season of Migration to the North is a wealthy and sensual paintings of deep honesty and incandescent lyricism. In 2001 it was once chosen by means of a panel of Arab writers and critics because the most vital Arab novel of the 20 th century.
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