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Season of Migration to the North [a novel]

Tayeb Salih, translated by Denys Johnson-Davies
Season of Migration to the North [a novel]
ISBN: 978-0-89410-199-1
1980/169 pages

"A beautifully constructed novel by an author whose reputation in Arabic is deservedly vast.”—London Tribune

"An Arabian Nights in reverse, enclosing a pithy moral about international misconceptions and delusions.”—The Observer


Salih's shocking and beautiful novel reveals much about the people on each side of a cultural divide. A brilliant Sudanese student takes his mix of anger and obsession with the West to London, where he has affairs with women who are similarly obsessed with the mysterious East. Life, ecstasy, and death share the same moment in time. First published in Arabic in 1969.


Tayeb Salih, a native of Sudan, was one of the most acclaimed of contemporary Arab writers. In 2001, Season of Migration to the North was selected by the Arab Literary Academy in Damascus as the most important Arab novel of the twentieth century. The late Denys Johnson-Davies published more than twenty-five volumes of stories, novels, plays, and poetry translated from modern Arabic literature.
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