Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories

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This collection of important stories by novelist, journalist, teacher, and Palestinian activist Ghassan Kanafani includes the stunning novella Men in the Sun (1962), the basis of the film The Deceived. In the unsparing clarity of his writing, Kanafani offers the reader a gritty look at the agonized world of Palestine and the adjoining Middle East.
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Overview

This collection of important stories by novelist, journalist, teacher, and Palestinian activist Ghassan Kanafani includes the stunning novella Men in the Sun (1962), the basis of the film The Deceived. In the unsparing clarity of his writing, Kanafani offers the reader a gritty look at the agonized world of Palestine and the adjoining Middle East.
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A collection of stories by a Palestinian novelist, journalist, teacher, and activist, including the novella (1962), the basis of the film . Other stories were written during the 1950s and 1960s, and offer a gritty look at the agonized world of Palestine and the adjoining Middle East. Includes an introduction on Kanafani's life and work. The author, a major spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was killed in a car-bomb explosion in 1972. Lacks a subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780894108570
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 117
  • Sales rank: 332,283

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Acknowledgments 17
Men in the Sun 21
The Land of Sad Oranges 75
"If You Were a Horse..." 81
A Hand in the Grave 89
Umm Saad 99
The Falcon 103
Letter from Gaza 111
About the Book 117
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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    A crime this author's work is not available to buy in stores

    The fact that this book and Kanafani is not available to buy physically in my store (only for order) is indicative of the bias of whoever makes these decisions. Clearly anti-Palestinean bias.
    The main story is the most enthralling I've read in years and the other short stories all contain universal themes at the same time as exotic and interesting characters and plots.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2003

    Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories

    This book contains a novella as well as several short stories by the prominent Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani. Kanafani is known in the Arab world as a literary master, and 'Men in the Sun' is deemed by many to be his masterpiece. The book was a tremendous pleasure to read and at the same time intensely thought-provoking. Kanafani's original writing style is brought out beautifully in this excellent translation. In these stories, Kanafani experiments with various literary techniques that were revolutionary in the world of literature at their time (1960s). I particularly enjoy the twists of plot at the end of each story, and how the very last sentence forces me to re-think and re-evaluate my entire understanding of the piece. Seeped in the author's struggle for freedom and for a homeland, these stories reflect a deep understanding of human relationships and the human condition. Yet despite (or perhaps because of) this depth, the main characters tend to always be ordinary human beings - usually from the lower classes. Another feature of 'Men in the Sun' is the variation of voice and perspective from paragraph to paragraph. For a moment we are in the head of one character, an old man crossing the desert to Kuwait. The next we're taken back in time to 1948, when that man was forced to leave his country by the ravages of war. Then we're transplanted into the shoes of another character, a young man hitching a ride from Jordan to Iraq. All this is done smoothly enough not to interrupt the narrative, but instead, the perspective of the plot wanders as thoughts naturally wander in one's mind. Truly Kanafani was a master of literary techniques. Few have been able to pack so many ideas and characterization and so much change into a short story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2003

    Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories

    This book contains a novella as well as several short stories by the prominent Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani. Kanafani is known in the Arab world as a literary master, and ¿Men in the Sun¿ is deemed by many to be his masterpiece. The book was a tremendous pleasure to read and at the same time intensely thought-provoking. Kanafani¿s original writing style is brought out beautifully in this excellent translation. In these stories, Kanafani experiments with various literary techniques that were revolutionary in the world of literature at their time (1960s). I particularly enjoy the twists of plot at the end of each story, and how the very last sentence forces me to re-think and re-evaluate my entire understanding of the piece. Seeped in the author¿s struggle for freedom and for a homeland, these stories reflect a deep understanding of human relationships and the human condition. Yet despite (or perhaps because of) this depth, the main characters tend to always be ordinary human beings ¿ usually from the lower classes. Another feature of ¿Men in the Sun¿ is the variation of voice and perspective from paragraph to paragraph. For a moment we are in the head of one character, an old man crossing the desert to Kuwait. The next we¿re taken back in time to 1948, when that man was forced to leave his country by the ravages of war. Then we¿re transplanted into the shoes of another character, a young man hitching a ride from Jordan to Iraq. All this is done smoothly enough not to interrupt the narrative, but instead, the perspective of the plot wanders as thoughts naturally wander in one¿s mind. Truly Kanafani was a master of literary techniques. Few have been able to pack so many ideas and characterization and so much change into a short story.

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