Sudanese novelist and short story writer Salih Al Tayyib spoke on “Writing as a Moral Action: The Arabic Literary Tradition.”  Salih’s fiction worked frequently with themes of cultural dislocation and of conflicts between the cultures of the east and the west.  He once told the Arabic press, “I have redefined the so-called east-west relationship as essentially one of conflict, while it had previously been treated in romantic terms.”

In 2001 the Arab Literary Academy in Damascus declared his novel, Mawsim al-Hijra ila al-Shamal (1966)—translated in1969 as Season of Migration to the North—the most important Arabic novel of the 20th century.     “Sudanese novelist Tayeb Salih dies aged 80,” The Guardian, 19 February 2009