Robert Irwin

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