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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Kanafain to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Palestine’s Children by Ghassan Kanafani. Short stories describing the Palestinian experience of the Middle East conflict. Each involves a child, a victim of circumstances, who nevertheless participates in the struggle towards a better future.
Palestine’s Children: Returning to Haifa and Other Stories by Ghassan Kanafani
As in Kanafani’s other fiction, these stories explore the need to recover the past by action. Paperbackpages.
Published August 1st by Lynne Rienner Publishers first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Palestine’s Childrenplease sign up. See 2 questions about Palestine’s Children…. Lists with This Book. Dec 01, Lindsey rated it it was amazing Shelves: I only wish I could have read it in Arabic Aug 16, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: Returning to Haifa is a masterpiece. Oct 24, Tim rated it it was amazing Shelves: The introductory essays in these works emphasized the non-deterministic outlook of Kanafani that was so important to his political vision.
Kanafani and I would argue that any sort of divine knowledge of destiny needs to be set aside for the truth that we still have free will, responsibility, and a choice at every step. There is a natural law that permeates existence — a law of justice — that requires action to fully implement. The freedom to choose does however carry with it a form of destiny in the sense that we choose particular unknown consequences with every decision.
Some of these consequences will be known, for example in the choice between choosing to become a revolutionary and leave a family versus choosing to focus on daily subsistence — an idea that takes shape in Men in the Sun. Other consequences will only be known over time, and this idea is articulated most fully in Returning to Haifa, in the transformation of Khaldun from Arab to Jew.
Through the transformation of Khaldun in the latter, Kanafani looks at some of the most basic questions of what it means to be human and how we choose our sense of belonging.
What is a human? Or is there something transcendent that is identifiable via the soul or booke heart over and above any mental or physical form of identification? Kanafani saw politics and the novel as united: Dec 03, Ivan rated it liked it.
Marito e moglie anche loro, fuggiti a loro volta dalla Polonia in Israele per scampare dalla violenza nazista che ha ucciso i loro familiari. View all 5 comments. I think I still prefer his Men in the Kanafnaiwhich is the official Palestinian fiction to read.
These stories have the comfort, but also the ultimate frustration, of agitprop: Sometimes it’s literal, as when people realize they should start marching and shooting.
The only pieces to escape this are a great little parable about an eagle, which works as both literature and metaphor, I think I still prefer his Men in the Sunwhich is the official Palestinian fiction to read. The only pieces to escape this are a great little parable about an eagle, which works as both literature and metaphor, and the longer title story apparently generally called a “novel” in Arabic lit-crit to distinguish it from his usual short pieceswhich does end up in the usual place but offers some powerful scenes, from both sides of the conflict, before that.
Jun 14, Kath rated it really liked it Shelves: I have to say I thought his other collection of short stories was more poignant, but I think this is pure personal choice. This collection is sharper, a bit harder going down. I’m just sorry I read the Intro first. Nov 07, Dieuwke rated it it was amazing Shelves: Impressive short story writing, chilling topic, foreign experiences brought to me in a haunting way. Dec 13, Jimin Lee rated it liked it. I only read the story of their return to Haifa and encounter with son Dov.
Mar 11, Muamer rated it really liked it Shelves: Some stories are good while others are excellent however Returning to Haifa is a pure masterpiece.
Solid four stars for this collection of short stories. Oct 19, Mohammed Galal rated it it boooks amazing. An awesome collection of the works of Kanafani. The novella,in particular,highlights the tension between the Arabs and the then”new immigrants”who will be known as the Israelis later on.
This boy is representative of Palestine,a land that has lost its authentic identity. Whose land is it? Can they live in peace regardless of the filth of politics? More important,how would the author portray his long An awesome collection of the works of Kanafani.
More important,how would the author portray his long-regarded foe,the Jews? It should be stressed that Kanafani is clever and open-minded enough that boooks has not fallen victim to age-old cliches and bent-up odium. This is the function of literature,it reveals the human side of the issue Then suddenly came the sound of the sea, exactly the way it used to be.
Oh no, the memory did not return to him little by little. Instead, it rained down inside his head the way a stone wall collapses, the stones pilling up, one upon the another.
The incidents and the events came to him suddenly and began to pile up and fill his entire being. I was asking myself that question a moment ago. What is a homeland? Is it these two chairs that remained in this room for twenty years?
The picture of Jerusalem on the wall?
Palestine’s Children: Returning to Haifa and Other Stories
Our illusions of him? Is it the picture of his brother hanging on the wall? Aug 15, Jean Dory rated it it was amazing. War has such an incredibly deep impact on children. In these days of yet more upheaval and death and destruction in Palestine, it is good to realize the long-term implications for Palestine as a homeland for children who have grown up in such dreadful conditions.
These stories present generations, from topivoting from with the creation of the Israeli state–when Kafani was There is much violence and heartache here, but it is worth reading this book, biased as it may So sad. There is much violence and heartache here, but it is worth reading this book, biased as it may be, to understand how hatreds are carried on. Children, although they may survive, may be the most tragic war victims of all.
Aug 10, Nada rated it it was amazing. It’s a great book for a brilliant author. Kanafani talks to the new Palestinian generation in this book, as he predicted at that time that the new Palestinian generation who would born and raise in exile and never would get the chance to be in Palestine would be devoted to the case even more than the first generation!
Jan 24, Michael-Ann Cerniglia rated it it was amazing. My rating on this book is specifically for the novella “Return to Haifa” contained in this book. Apr 07, F rated it really liked it. I was reading this while using an elliptical and trying to hold back tears.
Made for an interesting experience. Nov 19, Mary rated it liked it. Feb 08, Kate rated it it was amazing. Worth every second, especially “Returning to Haifa”. Although other stories got me hooked as well! Jan 17, Mariya marked it as to-read. Mar 25, Yihang Wang rated it it was amazing.
Feb 10, Kody Dibble rated it really liked it. Different short stories, all with different styles all from one author. Amazing writes actually, I didn’t understand some deff a reread.
Jennifer rated it really liked it May 16, Rachel rated it really liked it Feb 02, Ruby rated it really liked it Dec 08, Jordan Kyle rated it it was amazing Jul 28,