It was American novelist Chuck Palahniuk who said:
“The unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it, because it’s only intangible ideas, concepts, belief fantasies that exist. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die, and become history. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on and on”.
Precisely, and true to Palahniuk’s inspirational wisdom, the literary spirit of Sudanese most foremost novelist and short story writer Tayeb Salih, is living on and on and is destined to persist for generations, thanks to the indefatigable efforts of the government of Sudan and her people to keep his spirit alive through the timely establishment of the Tayeb Salih International Annual Literary Award.