Robert Irwin on 'Season of Migration to the North'

Robert Irwin on 'Season of Migration to the North': The masterpiece of Sudanese writer Tayeb Salih, 'Season of Migration to the North', was first published in Arabic in 1966 and translated into English by Denys Johnson-Davies in 1969. In 2001, the Arab Literary Academy declared it to be 'the most important Arabic novel of the 20th century.' This book, which has been subject to much analysis - for treatment of colonialism, anti-colonialism, authoritarianism, resistance to social change and patriarchy - also drew upon the Arabian Nights, the Quran, pre-Islamic poetry and Sufi narratives, as well as the 'Heart of Darkness', 'Othello', 'The Tempest' and even the writings of Freud. Robert Irwin, acclaimed writer on Arabic history and literature, will give this Saif Ghobash Banipal Translation Prize Lecture on 7 November, 2017 at the British Library, Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.