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Mawsim al-hijrah il¯a al-sham¯al
Tayeb Salih
publisher: , 1966

translated as:
Season of Migration to the North
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 1969
translation: Denys Johnson-Davies

refered to by:
Maps
Nuruddin Farah


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One of the classic themes followed in this complex novel, translated from the Arabic, is cultural dissonance between East and West, particularly the experience of a returned native. The narrator returns from his studies in England to his remote little village in Sudan, to begin his career as an educator. There he encounters Mustafa, a fascinating man of mystery, who also has studied at Oxford. As their relationship builds on this commonality, Mustafa reveals his past. A series of compulsive liaisons with English women who were similarly infatuated with the 'Black Englishman,' as he was nicknamed, have ended in disaster. Charged with the passion killing of his last paramour, Mustafa was acquitted by the English courts. As he unravels his complicated, gory and erotic story, Mustafa charges the listener with the custody of his present life. When Mustafa disappears, apparently drowned in the Nile and perhaps a suicide, another door in his secretive life opens to include his wife and children. Emerging from a constantly evolving narrative, in a trance-like telling, is the clash between an assumed worldly sophistication and enduring, dark, elemental forces.

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Season of Migration to the North
1966
A student returns to his village, after his obsession with the West had led him to London and the beds of women with similar obsessions about the mysterious East.
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