The village as a hero in the novel The Wedding of Zein - by Tayeb Salih


  • Raed Kazem Sabr Al-Nafi'I University of Babylon, College of Arts, Department of Arabic Language


The hero, the village, the zein, the countryside, Sudan


The Sudanese novel deserves special attention, not only because of its objectively deep connection with the countryside to the point of historical unification, its origin and extension, but we find that it paints the Sudanese countryside a special and distinct picture. The Sudanese novel was able to transcend being a social issue, and no matter how bravely it is characterized by the courage of opinion and the boldness of criticism, it is a historical sign and a brave stance rather than a viable artistic achievement. Successive Tayeb Salih is the most famous in Sudan.As for the specificity and distinction in the Sudanese novel, it means another matter that we hardly find in other areas of Arab activity in the field of fiction, due to the wideness of the Sudanese geographical area and the diversity of nature between the valley, the desert and the forest, and the different origins and races and their mixing between Arab and Negro, as well as the independence stage and what followed it from Conflicts, especially those related to religious, clan, or racial roots. Perhaps these elements were a positive influence in emphasizing the specificity and distinction of the Sudanese novel through its journey between the village and the city. The idea of the research is based on elucidating the meanings of the heroism of the Sudanese village in the novel (The Wedding of Al-Zein). The village is present throughout the narration and the transmission of events with the finding of interdependence and the degree of similarity between the hero and the village, which was characterized by its realistic and sometimes miraculous character. It serves as an icon of the event and an incubator for the characters, and the narrator's strong attachment to the village made it a hidden jewel that needs accuracy tracking to discover it. The spatial distinction is not enough, but the narrator’s sensitivity and degree of sincerity in research or diving behind distinct elements, and he was not coordinated behind the prevailing ideas and patterns