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Ghassan Kanafani


Ghassan Kanafani was born in Acre, Palestine, in 1936. He attended French missionary school but he and his family had to leave Palestine after the 1948 War. They lived first in Lebanon and then in Syria. After school, he attended the University of Damascus but was expelled for his involvement in the Arab Nationalist Movement and he moved to Kuwait. Then, under the influence of George Habash, he moved to Beirut, where he edited a newspaper. By this time, he had already started writing stories and, in 1963, published his best-known novel, رجال في الشمس (Men in the Sun). In 1967, he became involved in the formation of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, becoming its official spokesman. In 1972, he and his niece were killed by a bomb in his car, allegedly by Israeli agents. He left several unfinished novels as well as a non-fictional account of the Revolution of 1936-39 in Palestine.

Books about Ghassan Kanafani

Stefan Wild: Ghassan Kanafani: The Life of an Palestinian
George Hajjar: Kanafani – Symbol of Palestine

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Ghassan Kanafani – anniversary of his assassination – gone, but NOT forgotten!


1963 رجال في الشمس (Men in the Sun)
1966 ما تبقى لكم (All That’s Left to You)
1967 في الأدب الصهيوني (On Zionist Literature)
1969 (Umm Saad) (excerpt from novella in Men in the Sun)
1970 عائد إلى حيفا (Return to Haifa)
1974 ثورة ٣٦-٣٩ في فلسطين (The 1936-39 revolt in Palestine)
2000 Palestine’s Children: Returning to Haifa & Other Stories