The Banipal Book Club is back after an extended summer break. We will be discussing ‘Season of Migration to the North’, a classic novel by the Sudanese writer Tayeb Salih (1929-2009). It was first published in Arabic in 1966 and was published in English translation by Denys Johnson-Davies in 1969. The novel will be the subject of the 2017 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize Lecture on 7th November at the British Library: http://www.banipal.co.uk/news/index.cfm?newsid=248 . Robert Irwin’s lecture is titled: Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North: ‘The most important Arabic novel of the 20th Century’. The novel has been subject to much analysis for treatment of colonialism, anti-colonialism, authoritarianism, resistance to social change and patriarchy. It drew upon the Arabian Nights, the Qur‘an, pre-Islamic poetry and Sufi narratives, as well as Heart of Darkness, Othello, The Tempest and the writings of Freud. It is a rich narrative that will give us lots to discuss.
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