El-Tayyib Salih

The great Sudanese writer El-Tayyib Salih has passed away. His best-known novel, "Season of Migration to the North," is wonderful, and ends with a scene that I find mysterious, affecting and perfect every time I read it. 

Moroccan-American author Laila Lalami (who wrote the introduction to a recent re-issue of the novel) has nice round-up of press reactions in Arabic. I haven't found much in English yet, except for the Sudan Tribune.