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Sudanese novelist Tayeb Salih dies in London

Salih's works have been translated into more than 20 languages (File)
Salih's works have been translated into more than 20 languages (File)

Sudanese writer Tayeb Salih, one of the most respected Arab novelists of the 20th century who won fame with his 1966 novel Season of Migration to the North, has died in London where he spent most of his life, one of his friends said on Wednesday.

Born in a village in northern Sudan in 1929, Salih studied in Britain where he went on to work for the BBC's Arabic service as well as for the UN's cultural organization UNESCO in Paris.

Published in the late 1960s, "Season of Migration to the North" was banned by Sudan's Islamist regime in the 1990s because of its descriptions of a Sudanese intellectual's sexual experiences in Britain.

The Damascus-based Arab Literary Academy in 2001 declared the book "the most important Arabic novel of the 20th century."

His works were translated into more than 20 languages.

Sudanese literary groups have called for Salih to be nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz is the only Arab writer ever to have won the prestigious prize, in 1988.

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