Tayeb Salih, Sudanese novelist and writer, will lecture at Vassar College at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, in the Blanche Brumback Spitzer Auditorium in Eleanor Butler Sanders Hall. Salih is the visiting Randolph Distinguished Professor at Vassar College. His lecture, sponsored by the Program in Africana Studies, is free and open to the public.
When Salih's novel "Season of Migration to the North" was first published in Arabic, in Beirut in the late 1960s he was acclaimed as "the new genius of the Arabic novel." His novel "Season of Migration" was declared "the most important Arabic novel of the 20th century" by the Syrian-based Arab Literary Academy in Damascus. His works have been translated from Arabic into more than 20 languages.
Salih has completed three other novels and a collection of short stories. His novella "The Wedding of Zein" was made into a drama in Libya and a Cannes Festival prize-winning film by the Kuwaiti filmmaker Khalid Siddiq in the late 1970s.
For more than 10 years Salih wrote a weekly column for the London-based Arabic language newspaper, "al Majalla," in which he explored various literary themes. He has worked for the BBC's Arabic Service, and later became director general of the Ministry of Information in Doha, Qatar. He spent the last 10 years of his working career with UNESCO in Paris, where he held various posts and was finally UNESCO's representative in the Gulf States.
For additional information, call the Program in Africana Studies at (845) 437-7490. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cathy Jennings at (845) 437-5370, as far in advance as possible to request appropriate and reasonable accommodations.
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