Season of Migration to the North
by Tayeb Salih
Editor: The New York Review of Books, Inc
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After years of study in Europe, the young narrator of the Northern Migration Season returns to his village along Sudan’s Nile Valley.It was the 1960s, and he was eager to make a contribution to the new postcolonial life of his country.Back home, he discovers a stranger among the familiar faces of childhood–the enigmatic Mustafa Sa saeedMustafa takes the young man in his confidence, telling him the story of his own years in London, of his brilliant career as an economist, and of the series of heavy and deadly relations with European women which led to a terrible public recognition and his return to his native landBut what is the meaning of Mustafa is shocking confessionMustafa disappears without explanation, leaving the young man, who asked him to take care of his wife, in an unstable and violent, no man’s land between Europe and Africa, of tradition and innovation, of holiness and defilement, and the man and woman, from whom no one will escape identically or escaped unscathedSeason of Migration to the North is a rich and sensual region work of deep honesty and incandescent lyricismIn 2001, it was selected by a jury of Arab writers and critics as the most important Arab novel of the twentieth century
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