A mosaic of interrelated stories exploding with personality, myth, and geohistorical weight, Morning in Serra Mattu is a profound, joyful meditation on life in modern Sudan. Arif Gamal seamlessly blends large-scale political realities with the local and the traditional: "old villages/whose ancient way is so composed/each single blade of grass is known/and in its place." Epic in scope, spellbinding in its intimacy, generosity, and wisdom, Morning in Serra Mattu is the book we didn't know we needed.how thrilling it was in the earliest morningto race barefoot down the sandy slopes and duneswith all the bellowing goatsand dogs and sheep and other animalsfor their first morning drinkand to swim in the fresh waters of the flowing riverwhile the thousand upon thousandof high unhindered Nubian stars began to fall awaybefore a tinge of milky line along the hillsuntil light grew from nearly nothingto an immensity-from "Return to Serra Mattu"
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