By Tayeb Salih
“The marriage ceremony of Zein” unfolds within the related village at the higher Nile the place Tayeb Salih’s tragic masterpiece Season of Migration to the North is determined. right here, notwithstanding, the tale that emerges in the course of the overlapping, occasionally contradictory voices of the villagers is comedian. Zein is the village fool, and everybody within the village is dumbfounded while the inside track is going round that he'll be getting married—Zein the freak, Zein who burst into laughter the instant he was once born and has stored ladies and kids giggling ever in view that, Zein who misplaced all his the teeth at six and whose face is totally hairless, Zein married finally? Zein’s specific position within the lifetime of the village has been the strange one among falling in love many times with ladies who in a timely fashion marry one other guy. it might be unparalleled for him to get married himself.
In Tayeb Salih’s splendidly agile telling, the tale of ways this miracle got here to be is person who engages the tensions that exist within the village, or certainly in any neighborhood: tensions among the religious and the profane, the bad and the propertied, the trendy and the conventional. after all, even if, Zein’s ridiculous sturdy success augurs an final reconciliation, beginning a prospect of a global made whole.
Salih’s vintage novella looks the following with of his best brief tales, “The Doum Tree of Wad Hamid” and “A Handful of Dates.”