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Volume :5 Issue : 17 1985      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Tayeb Salih and Wad Hamid: An Alternation of Vision

Auther : Mohammad Shaheen

Interaction between character and background is a main characteristic of Tayeb Salih’s fiction. This is how the village of Wad Hamid – the origin of all Tayeb Salih’s fiction plays an integral role in the narration.

Life in Wad Hamid sems to be mainly shaped by the irrational existence which the village exercises on its community. The interplay between village and community results in aunified structure of felling where the life of one simultaneously enters into that of the other. On the whole people in Wad Hamid are happy despite the harsh circumstances of living which they inevitably experience, and their happiness in mainly rooted in the unified communal spirit they face life with. The wedding of Zein makes us see how people enjoy life in Wad Hamid as a mystic rhythm.

But this is only one side of Tayeb Salih’s Vision: and once life in Wad Hamid is disrupted by an external element, the joyful spirit becomes no longer dominant. Mustafa Saeed is evidently and intruder who disrupts the rhythmic life in Wad Hamid, and consequently enacts the other side of the authors vision. It is here in The Season of Migration to the North with its ironic vision, where one can see that the reality of life in Wad Hamid is not as static as its community believed it to be. One wonders whether tayeb salih directs his irony at the irrationality which seems to determine life in Wad Hamid or at the sentimentality which characterizes the picture of migration given by his fellow Arab writers (or both).

 

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