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date: 06 December 2019

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This chapter examines the development of the novel genre in Sudan and South Sudan. After discussing the beginnings of the Sudanese novel up to the early 1990s, it considers works that tackle the social and political difficulties facing the country, mainly marginality and despotism. The chapter then turns to novels that highlight the importance of a hybrid identity in Sudan, or what is called Afro-Arabism, along with novels that focus on the issues of dictatorship and the civil war. It also explores the theme of migration, some important Sudanese historical novels, and works by women writers. Finally, it looks at novels that avoid topics related to sociopolitical issues, as well as novels written in English.

Keywords: Sudanese novel, marginality, despotism, hybrid identity, Afro-Arabism, dictatorship, civil war, migration, historical novel, women writers

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