Mahmoud is eight years old. He is the eldest son to Mustafa Sa’eed and Hosna bint Mahmoud, and is also the older brother to Sa’eed. He is named after his maternal grandfather. Right before his death, Mustafa Sa’eed designates the narrator as guardian of Mahmoud and his brother and asks the narrator to spare his sons the pangs of “wanderlust.” Mahmoud and his brother end up as orphans after their mother dies of suicide after killing Wad Rayyes.
Mahmoud Quotes in Season of Migration to the North
The Season of Migration to the North quotes below are all either spoken by Mahmoud or refer to Mahmoud. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the NYRB Classics edition of Season of Migration to the North published in 2009.).
Chapter 4 Quotes
“…mysterious things in my soul and in my blood impel me towards faraway parts that loom up before me and cannot be ignored. How sad it would be if either or both of my sons grew up with the germ of this infection in them, the wanderlust.”
Mahmoud Character Timeline in Season of Migration to the North
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