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Palestine's Children: Returning to Haifa and Other Stories

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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. As in Kanafani's other fiction, these stories explore the need to recover the past by action.
Paperback, 199 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Lynne Rienner Publishers (first published 1984)
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Dec 01, 2008 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
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I only wish I could have read it in Arabic...
Oct 31, 2014 Tim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: palestine
In my first exposure to Ghassan Kanafani, I read both Men In The Sun and Palestine’s Children back to back, and this review covers both. The introductory essays in these works emphasized the non-deterministic outlook of Kanafani that was so important to his political vision. Such an outlook arguably goes against a culture that is heavily influenced by the idea of a pre-determined destiny lifted from a particular interpretation of the God described in the Qur’an. Kanafani (and I) would argue that ...more
Aug 16, 2007 Sarah rated it really liked it
Returning to Haifa is a masterpiece.
May 15, 2016 Kath rated it really liked it
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. "Return to Haifa" is a must-read. I'm just sorry I read the Intro first. It had spoilers.
Jean Dory
Aug 15, 2014 Jean Dory rated it it was amazing
So sad. 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 1936 to 1967, pivoting from 1968 with the creation of the Israeli state--when Kafani was 12. There is much violence and heartache here, but it is worth reading this book, biased as it may ...more
Mohammed Galal
Oct 19, 2013 Mohammed Galal rated it it was 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 ."Returning To Haifa"is an awe-inspiring novella in which two fathers claim the right in a son,Khaldun.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 ...more
Aug 14, 2010 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I still prefer his Men in the Sun, which is the official Palestinian fiction to read. These stories have the comfort, but also the ultimate frustration, of agitprop: every one ends with a metaphor about resistance springing eternal, like (as in one story) green shoots from the ground. 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, ...more
Kody Dibble
Feb 10, 2016 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.
Apr 07, 2015 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.
Feb 08, 2015 Kate rated it it was amazing
Worth every second, especially "Returning to Haifa". Although other stories got me hooked as well!
Michael-Ann Cerniglia
Jan 24, 2015 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.
Aug 10, 2012 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!
Yihang Wang
Mar 25, 2013 Yihang Wang rated it it was amazing
good short stories which gave us a deep understanding of the conflict between Palestine and Israel.
Jun 20, 2007 Pablo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think my favourite story was, "The Child Borrows His Uncle's Gun and Goes East to Safad."
Oct 11, 2014 Imane rated it really liked it
'We were mistaken when we thought the homeland was only the past.'
Nov 19, 2008 Mary rated it liked it
depressing ending...
Aug 07, 2011 La'eeqah rated it it was amazing
A must read.
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English: Ghassan Kanafani
غسان كنفاني (عكا 1936 - بيروت 8 يوليو 1972) روائي وقاص وصحفي فلسطيني تم اغتياله على يد جهاز المخابرات الإسرائيلية (الموساد) في 8 يوليو 1972 عندما كان عمره 36 عاما بتفجير سيارته في منطقة الحازمية قرب بيروت. كتب بشكل أساسي بمواضيع التحرر الفلسطيني، وهو عضو المكتب السياسي لجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين. في عام 1948 أجبر وعائلته على النزوح فعاش في سوريا كلاجىء فلسطيني ثم في لبنان
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