My students loved it. In Salih's version, instead of a European intellectual travelling to Africa to be corrupted by his contact with "primitive savagery," the protagonist starts out as an idealistic young man from Sudan who travels northward to Europe, where he is undone by corruption, decadence, and the mutual destructiveness of unhappy love affairs.
Soon afterward Mustafa dies mysteriously, and throughout the rest of the book, the narrator evaluates the different path Mustafa took abroad, one of debauchery and apathy towards several women he encountered, the consequences of which lead to the death of all the aforementioned women.
Set in Arab Sudan in the midth century, the book can be read for any of several themes: Except that it is also nothing like these works. As an immigrant, the problems associated with clash of cultures have always interested me. All you've given us is a fantasy, and not even a very engaging one at that.
He assumes that his education will help him improve things in his native land but he has been out of touch with the lives of his people and does not seem to be a man of action.
And Jean proceeded to throw the rug in the fire-place. The impact of western culture on people who come from third world countries, as described in this book, is somewhat wrong. Europeans are just like us, the narrator explains to his friends and family, "just like us they are born and die, and in the journey from the cradle to the grave they dream dreams some of which come true and some of which are frustrated.
Your mind drifts sometimes to consider the fact that Sudan was colonized by the British and this was the author's way of discribing how Sudanese felt toward their colonizer, but I doubt that was the case!
The novel broached on the effects of colonialism on the Sudan. Both Mustafa and the narrator have violent sides that they are not always able to keep in check.
There is also a wonderful "equal opportunity" aspect and a brilliant duality of outcomes for spousal abuse.
I don't think so This is one of the inherent problems in a novel which is meant to reference another work. Recommended reading By Stan on Apr 16, This story was a bittersweet ride filled with the richness of Tayeb's memories and regrets.
He returns to this river and dies in it. Yet what he finds particularly interesting is how this novel is also a reflection of itself, with its story within the story. Since the subject for the course was cultural studies this novel gave us a great point of view of the post colonial setting that the narrator lives in.
He married Hosna, a local girl, bigot two sons, farmed his land, raised cattle, and shared responsibilities in the communal projects and committees. I recollect a scene where several of the characters boast about the merits of the donkeys they are riding, as though one was driving a Porsche, another a Maserati, and so on!
Written in a very economical way, this book portrays both the problems of the west and of the east in very few pages. By Chi Whitley on Jun 14, Short and poignant novel.
He, like the narrator, was educated in the West and had become a respected author and lecturer. Cars are traveling roads once only seen by camels. In Heart, an Englishman ventured into the Congo. Bilal on Jul 29, Season of Migration to the North is one of the greatest novels that I have ever read and I am a reader.
Wrap this up with the aforementioned tongue-in-cheek references to Heart and you begin to understand where this was all coming from. Small town life, leaving home for the big city, the thrills, and the disillusionment, and a yearning for home are themes that transcend cultures, and are encompassed within more than one.
One can also research the idea of sacrificing personal identity to accomplish a larger and more encompassing purpose.
Season of Migration to the North Summary SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics.“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/5(6). The novel was banned in the author's native Sudan for a period of time starting in because its graphic sexual imagery offended the Islamic government. Today the novel is readily available in Sudan.
Theater. Season of Migration to the North, adapted and directed by. Tayeb Salih's Season of Migration to the North was an early classic of this genre." –The Nation "Tayib Salih's Season of Migration to the North is a clever inversion of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness: for in this case an Arab worker leaves his people and goes to Europe in search of employment, finding in the process that he has indeed /5(56).
“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.5/5(2). novels of the 20th century, Tayeb Salih s gorgeous novel Season of Migration to the North is the story of two postcolonial subjects who lived as Arab and Muslim expatriates for a considerable amount of time in England and then returned to their postcolonial land Sudan.
A literary hall of mirrors Described as the most important Arab novel of the twentieth century by the Arab Literary Academy, Tayeb Salih's ″Season of Migration to the North″ was first published inDownload