For November we’re reading رجال تحت الشمس، غسان كنفاتي / Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories by Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani, translated by Hilary Kilpatrick.
A brief summary of the book from Read Kutub:
“Ghassan Kanafani’s short stories Men in the Sun & Other Palestinian Stories is based on many autobiographical events in Kanafani’s life. The stories in this collection share the common elements of isolation, disorientation and tragedy. With the occupation of Palestine after WWII, entire villages became displaced and geographically orphaned. These stories emphasis their desire to be home and their struggles, and ultimate failure, to survive. The central novella Men in the Sun, follows the tale of four men trying to escape into Kuwait with the help of an military man, hiding them in his lorry. Kanafani gives us four individual lives, stories and strengths brought together, united to escape the terror in Palestine and build a new life for themselves.”
Here is are reflections on Ghassan Kanafani‘s life and works on the blog Arab Lit in English, notes from Read Kutub’s discussion of Men in the Sun, and if you can get your hands on a paper copy of Banipal 5, take a look at Samir el-Youssef’s review.
The title story of the collection was adapted as a film, المخدوعون (translated as “The Deceived” or “The Dupes”) directed by Tawfiq Saleh in 1972. More information on the film in English and Arabic. The film is banned in Egypt, but if we can locate a copy we’ll screen it at the discussion. **UPDATE** You can now watch the entire film online, here.
We’ll meet to discuss on Monday, October 25th 2010.