July Reading Group Selection: Season of Migration to the North

The Book Beat reading group will be discussing Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North at 7 PM, Wed. July 27th at the Goldfish Teahouse in Royal Oak. The reading group is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Book Beat at 248-968-1190. Copies of Season of Migration to the North are discounted 15% at the Book Beat.

“This story might seem like a village tragedy from the Sudan, the homeland of the writer Tayeb Salih, but its resonances carry far beyond the setting. Season of Migration to the North is a brilliant miniature of the plight of Arabs and Africans who find themselves no longer sustained by their past and not yet incorporated into a viable future. Swift and astonishing in its prose, this novel is more instructive than any number of academic books.” –The New York Times

Season of Migration to the North, by Tayeb Salih, is an eloquent and restrained portrait of one man’s exile. It is a rare narrative in that it charts a life divided between England and Sudan. Without a doubt it is one of the finest Arabic novels of the 20th century, and Denys Johnson-Davies’ translation…does the original justice.” –Hisham Matar

An arresting work by a major Arab novelist who mines the rich lode of African experience with the Western world, Salih’s book charts the experiences of its two central characters-the nameless narrator and Mustafa Sa’eed-two generations of the European-educated Sudanese elite through the period of domination by the British and into the early years of self-rule. With echoes of Joseph Conrad’s Hearts of Darkness, emerging from Salih’s constantly evolving narrative is the clash between an assumed worldly sophistication and enduring, dark, elemental forces.


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