In this work, the Sudanese author Tayeb Salih recounts the life of a man who cannot remember his name, race, nor religion, and who speaks a language that no one understands. The villagers take him in, teach him the Koran, and give him a name, Dau al-Beit. When he gains back his strength, Dau al-Beit transforms the lives of the people who cared for him, enriching them with both ideas and material goods. The continuing narrative revolves around the semi-mythical figure of his son, nicknamed Bandarshah, and his large family. In an entrancing and luminous poetic style, Tayeb Salih creates a rich cast of characters to describe village rituals and the mysticism of the Arab world.
MOTS CLES · Littérature arabe · Oeuvre littéraire représentative · Roman · Soudan