Season of Migration to the North: A Novel

Tayeb Salih

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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 was born in 1929 in the Northern Province of Sudan. He studied at the University of Khartoum and London University and has served as head of drama in the BBC s Arabic Service and director-general of information for the state of Qatar.
Denys Johnson-Davies has published more than twenty-five volumes of stories, novels, plays, and poetry translated from modern Arabic literature. He lives in Cairo.


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

About the Author

Tayeb Salih was born in 1929 in the Northern Province of Sudan but has lived most of his life outside Sudan. He went to University in England before working at the BBC as Head of Drama in the Arabic Service and for UNESCO in Paris and Qatar.

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