Narrator - This character is chosen to tell the story of another character and is never given a name. He is from a small village in Sudan located on the Nile River.
Mustafa Sa'eed - This character is an only child who grows up in Khartoum with his mother. He studies and marries in London and kills his wife.
Mahjoub - This character is a political leader and one of the local powers in the village.
Hosna - This character was the mother of another character's two sons. She is forced to marry somebody else and kills him and herself.
Jean Morris - This person meets another character at a party in Chelsea, marries him and gets killed by him.
Bint Mazjoub - This character has had eight husbands and is known for her rough manly talk.
Grandfather - This character is over ninety-years-old and tends to...
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