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Politics and the novel, Ghassan Kanafani once said, are an indivisible case. Fadl al-Naqib has reflected that Kanafani wrote the Palestinian story, then he was written by it. His narratives offer entry into the Palestinian experience of the conflict that has anguished the people of the Middle East for more than a century. In Palestine's Children, each story involves a child a child who is victimized by political events and circumstances, but who nevertheless participates in the struggle toward a better future.

As in Kanafani's other fiction, these stories explore the need to recover the past the lost homeland by action. At the same time, written by a major talent, they have a universal appeal.

This edition includes the translators' contextual introduction and a short biography of the author. Read more Read less. His novels and short stories have been published in sixteen languages. He, along with his niece, was killed in Beirut in in the explosion of his booby-trapped car. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases.

Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. It sheds some light on the events Verified Purchase. Returning to Haifa is one of Kanafani's most wonderful stories!

It sheds some light on the events of Palestinian exodus. Of course largely from a Palestinian perspective, although there are some attempts to point to the other perspective. It mixes history, family, love, logic, and destiny all together. Was like new condition. Would recommend the book to anyone he is the new Kahlil Gibran. I bought this for a friend and so far, she loves it :. If you are intersted in the story of Palestine beyond the nightly news, start here and then read almost anything by Said.

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He was the third child of Muhammad Fayiz Abd al Razzag, a lawyer who was active in the national movement that opposed the British occupation and its encouragement of Jewish immigration, and who had been imprisoned on several occasions by the British when Ghassan was still a child. In May, when the outbreak of hostilities in the Arab—Israeli War spilled over into Acre, Kanafani and his family were forced into exile, [6] joining the Palestinian exodus. In a letter to his own son written decades later, he recalled the intense shame he felt on observing, aged 10, the men of his family surrendering their weapons to become refugees. He was first employed as an art teacher for some 1, displaced Palestinian children in a refugee camp, where he began writing short stories in order to help his students contextualize their situation.

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