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عائد إلى حيفا

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  14,949 ratings  ·  2,774 reviews
تجسد حب كنفاني للعودة إلى بلده، فهي تدور بمعظمها في الطريق إلى حيفا عندما يقرر سعيد وزوجته الذهاب إلى هناك، وتفقد بيتهما الذي تركاه وفيه طفل رضيع أثناء معركة حيفا عام 1948. وتعطي الرواية حيزاً كبيراً للمفهوم الذهبي للوطنية والمواطنة وتبين من خلال التداعي قسوة الظروف التي أدت إلى مأساة عائلة سعيد وتطرح مفهوماً مختلفاً عما كان سائداً لمعنى الوطن في الخطاب الفلسطيني.

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76 pages
Published 1985 by دار العودة (first published 1969)
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Hoda Marmar
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hoda by: Nadia
I loved it! It is very deep, very emotional, and kind of dense as in it is straight to the point, the author doesn't babble, and I was engaged from the first line. It sent a chill down my spine MANY times! I cannot thank Nadia enough for lending me this amazing book.
I started reading it at 3:00 a.m. and finished it in less than 24 hours, i couldn't put it down.
I won't spoil it for anyone, though i feel like talking about for ages. It made me wish I could go to Palestine one day :(
Habiba ALAYA
I'm beyond tears at this point! A masterpiece
أميرة عتمان
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Aya Fawzy
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's a masterpiece that I could just die
Rania
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All I could feel while reading this novel was myself shivering, shivering both physically and emotionally. In this book, Kanafany does not only use his language as skillfully as ever to depict the miseries of the refugees as seen by the world, but he very successfully presents us with a soul-tormenting identity crisis which leaves the reader agonized. Kanafani depicts a parent-child relationship in a completely different light and in a way that leaves the reader wondering about the meaning of a ...more
Eman Ismael
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I felt everything as if I was there, how hard is it when ur son becomes your enemy.
I just didn't understand why they didn't come back to Hifa during the 20 years!!
Mariam Moe
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Honestly a spectacular book and a great read. Its very inspiring and gives us all hope that one day Palestine will be ours again. And that home isn't just a piece of land, but a feeling that you take with you wherever you go. Palestine is truly in our hearts before anywhere else.
Rahaf Sh
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
i missed the nakbeh i was born after it by many years but this book made me live it i could feel it the pain everything like i was there .....
Shumokh
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My first audio book. My first Ghassan Kanafani's. i bought the book but ended up listening to it on YOUTUBE!! I finished listening to it in about 2 hours time. I'm fascinated!! so beautifully written. Everything is vivid about this book. The author's way of description is beyond imagination. Upsetting, but it gave me a better understanding of what my ancestors went through. ugh..

"أتعرفين ما هو الوطن يا صفية؟ الوطن هو أن لا يحدث هذا كله."
Eiman
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
أتدرين ماهو الوطن يا صفية؟ الوطن هو الا يحدث ذلك كله.
من افضل ماقرائت في حياتي.

This novel is one of the best I’ve ever read. Highly recommend to anyone interested in the Palestine question and the Middle East conflict. A very overwhelming text.
آية
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My best
نورهان بلحي
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-ones
it's a heartbreaking yet true
Maryam
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The five stars go to all the failed attempts at redemption, catharsis, the cruelty of war on everyone involved, the confrontation with Duff, the crime and the perfect punishment, Ghasan Kanafani's perfect writing, and how this novella just refuses to be put down. I absolutely loved it.
Elias Abo Sine
Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Elias by: my intuition
Although reading a novel with political flavor is not my typical taste , However I read this novel during 2007 when I was working in Haifa , ironically and synchronously every morning when I return to my work in Haifa I read this book " Return to Haifa" in the bus so I wasn't just reading it . I also lived it with characters everytime when I return to Haifa with them.

Ghassan Kanafani in this book exposes the Palestinian suffer during the end of the 40s when Israel became a country for the Jewish
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Karim Anani
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Palestinian experience since 1948 has been one of loss. Like any catastrophe, it's far too big to capture completely in a single narrative.

Nevertheless, that loss does find a voice in Returning to Haifa (عائد الى حيفا). The story sees a Palestinian couple going home in order to reclaim what should be a basic human right and has, in 2018, become a systemic indignity: they want to retrieve their son, lost 20 years ago in the exodus which followed the invasion of Haifa by the people who'd found
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Suzanne
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
judging as a sensitive human being possessing some logic& understanding ( humbly) , it gets big 5 stars . it is not a secret why Ghassan Kanafani was assassinated , the words & logic in his story can convince an arrogant mind to sympathize with the Palestinian cause.

As i was reading ,Susan Abualhawa's novel came to my mind. if i remember right, it was also about a child left behind in which Israelis took as their own .

It is a must read for the new Palestinian generation who haven't yet r
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Nagham Al Halabi
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-hard-copy
I found this to be one of Ghassan Kanafan's top writings. You can feel the emotions and all the tension of the different characters in a weird way. The part that I loved the most was when he started questioning himself what is motherland and why did it mean so much for his son who've never seen it and had no memories of it at all. I was surprised to find a "Return to Haifa Play" adapted by Israeli playwright Boaz Gaon, which had a totally different ending!
Siwar Hamdani
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I expected it to be more emotional and affective. Maybe because I don't belong to Palestine I didn't get it well. But I can't deny that the book was good, describing how it is hard and awkward to go back to your hometown after 20 years of war, finding out that your hope to meet your son get damaged and devastated not by his death, but by his belongingness to the Israelien army.
Larissa
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this story and wrote an essay as a counterpoint to Amos Oz's "Nomad and Viper." Both stories represent nuance and personal challenges, an important consideration in a conflict as complicated and long lasting as the Arab-Israeli one.
Meriem
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
it makes you feel something different .
Erza
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I WQNT TO RAED THIS STORYYYYYY
Samah_bouaziz
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really feel regret for procrastinating whole year for reading this touching, beautifully written masterpiece.
Ahmed Hichem
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
this was a good one see the suffering of the Palestine people and leaving their homes and lovers. it was a really touching story
HopelessBookRomantic
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is another burning reminder of our suffering and fighting sisters and brothers in Palestine, and how they struggle to keep their country and lands with their entire being. This book only makes me more passionate and vigorous to aid our Palestinian family in whatever way we can.



By the way, I cried a lot. Like through the whole book.


Dana Sobh
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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I was glad that I read this book. I was moved and reminded of a history that has been forgot.
The story talks about how after 20 years, a man and his wife go back to Hayfa to look for the child they were forced to leave behind.

I loved the book because it was able to take us back in time, and had us understand what was happening back then. I loved the focus on specific details. & I got goose bumps along reading it, especially when the writer described the photo of the martyr on the wall.

Though
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Heyam
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
if i could quote the whole story i would. i teared up a little while reading. I understand Saeed's disappointment, i think all Arabs understand it. even if the situation is a little bit different.
We've all been through this, we all can relate to this, we've all had our moments of doubt, whether life is even worth trying, while your brothers are killed, slaughtered in the hands of people who claim democracy, and just like Saeed and his wife, we can't do anything to help ourselves.

This is the reas
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Merna
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy
One of the best novels I have ever read. He eloquently articulated the Isareli-Palestinian conflict in a simple distorted family relationship through an ongoing conversation expressing the controversy and confusion on whether to blame the Palestinians for losing the land or justifying their actions by their weakness and power incapabilities. It leaves you with so many different feelings of despair, sadness as well as a lot of thoughts and questions concerning the struggles lived by the Palestini ...more
Farah
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Indeed, it is one marvelous masterpiece that is so compelling in its dialogue and plot movement. Much of Kanafani's philosophy about homeland, war and belonging is embedded through the sweat of Said and so the novel is not simply a story of losing a child, but the loss of a people and a loss of identity. A great work that those few lines cannot do justice but at least we share for those interested in reading the conflict of a nation and its people. No politics just humanity.
El Mehdi
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: عربي
a sad story about a Palestinian couple who travel back to Haifa , to discover that their 5 month child whom they left in the middle of the turmoil that followed the events of 1948 , is alive and is now a soldier in the army .

the best quote that summarize this novel is
ان الانسان هو في نهاية الامر قضية
Mohamed Nabil
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
in less than 80 pages you can read how the Palestinians were forced to leave their land and how they admit it was wrong in the first place to leave such land without a fight. one day they will get back to their land but with a real fight like real men
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Ghassan Kanafani was a Palestinian journalist, fiction writer, and a spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Kanafani died at the age of 36, assassinated by car bomb in Beirut, Lebanon.
Ghassan Fayiz Kanafani was born in Acre in Palestine (then under the British mandate) in 1936. His father was a lawyer, and sent Ghassan to a French missionary school in Jaffa. During the 19
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“أتعرفين ما هو الوطن يا صفية ؟ الوطن هو ألا يحدث ذلك كله.” 1344 likes
“إن أكبر جريمه يمكن لأي أنسان أن يرتكبها ...كائنا من كان ..هي أن يعتقد ولو للحظه أن ضعف الآخريين و اخطاءهم هي التي تشكل حقه في الوجود على حسابهم ...وهي التي تبرر له أخطاءه و جرائمه” 931 likes
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