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Hisham Matar on What to Read Now

By Hisham Matar

The month of June, in addition to hosting BEA, also kicks off Reading the World. As part of this project, the NBCC has asked writers around the globe to recommend a book from beyond these shores. Here is what Booker finalist Hisham Matar says is worth grabbing and bringing home with you:

“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. Without a doubt it is one of the finest Arabic novels of the 20th century, and Denys Johnson-Davies' translation, published by Penguin Modern Classics, does the original justice.”

Hisham Matar