Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories / Edition 1

Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
0894108573
ISBN-13:
9780894108570
Pub. Date:
11/01/1998
Publisher:
Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780894108570
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/1998
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 117
Sales rank: 164,512
Product dimensions: 6.15(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.28(d)

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Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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bjones5220 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.