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Season of Migration to the North

(1980)
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After years of study in Europe, the young narrator of Season of Migration to the North returns to his village along the Nile in the Sudan. It is the 1960s, and he is 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'eed. Mustafa takes the young man into his confidence, telling him the story of his own years in London, of his brilliant career as an economist, and of the series of fraught and deadly relationships with European women that led to a terrible public reckoning and his return to his native land.

But what is the meaning of Mustafa's shocking confession? Mustafa disappears without explanation, leaving the young man - whom he has asked to look after his wife - in an unsettled and violent no-man's-land between Europe and Africa, tradition and innovation, holiness and defilement, and man and woman, from which no one will escape unaltered or unharmed.

Season of Migration to the North is a rich and sensual work of deep honesty and incandescent lyricism. In 2001 it was selected by a panel of Arab writers and critics as the most important Arab novel of the twentieth century.

    

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May 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: Season of Migration to the North
Author(s): Tayeb Salih
ISBN: 0-935576-29-0 / 978-0-935576-29-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Michael Kesend Pub Ltd
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April 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Season of Migration to the North (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Tayeb Salih
ISBN: 1-59017-302-3 / 978-1-59017-302-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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June 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: AWS Classics Season of Migration to the North (Heinemann African Writers Series: Classics)
Author(s): Tayeb Salih
ISBN: 0-435-91353-0 / 978-0-435-91353-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Heinemann
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July 1986 : USA Paperback

Title: Tayeb Salih's "Season of Migration to the North": A Casebook
Author(s): Tayeb Salih
ISBN: 0-8156-6075-8 / 978-0-8156-6075-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr (Sd)
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January 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Season of Migration to the North (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Tayeb Salih
ISBN: 0-14-118720-4 / 978-0-14-118720-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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May 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Season Of Migration to the North (Heinemann African Writers Series)
Author(s): Tayeb Salih, Denys Johnson-Davies
ISBN: 0-435-90974-6 / 978-0-435-90974-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Heinemann
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July 1980 : USA Paperback
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Title: Season of Migration to the North
Author(s): Tayeb Salih
ISBN: 0-89410-199-4 / 978-0-89410-199-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
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January 1970 : UK Paperback
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Title: Season of Migration to the North
Author(s): Tayeb Salih
ISBN: 0-435-90066-8 / 978-0-435-90066-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Heinemann (Txt)
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