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Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih
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Jul 24, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorite-books-of-a-lifetime
Recommended to Naeem by: mary markowicz
Read in November, 2008 , read count: 4

Having just read this for a 4th or more time, I still don't quite know how to talk about it.

What I can tell you: its very readable; its a page turner; it sits in the gap between prose and poetry; its about the relationship between desire. I think this is a meditation on the nature of sexual desire in the contact zone between the first and third worlds.

Written in Arabic in the mid 1960s and translated into English in 1969, the novel has not at all become dated -- themes of desire cross with those of gender, colonialism, neo-colonialism, and the meaning of life.

My thin review hardly does justice to this tone poem of a wrenching novel. It stays with me for years on end.

I might be well read with Gordimer's The Pickup.

Here is the translator's introduction to the 1989 edition:

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Ahmed It describes the encounter between east and west in splendid way. mustafa has not made his own choices as a free person thus he failed to change his life; his desires control him, be it the desire to learn or the desire to conquer lands and women,the narrator also at first could not make his own choice to marry hosna or save her; or change the reality of his village, but at last he made achoice to live when he was in the mid of the river where mustafa failed to make this choice and died or committed sucide.

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