• al-Ṭayyib Ṣāliḥ
  • Denys Johnson-Davies
Cover of Season of Migration to the North

After years of study in Europe, the young narrator 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 Saeed. 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.


Salih, Tayeb. Season of Migration to the North. New York: New York Review of Books, 2009.