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4.33  ·  Rating details ·  16,826 ratings  ·  3,087 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
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
Aya Fawzy
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's a masterpiece that I could just die
Eiman
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
أتدرين ماهو الوطن يا صفية؟ الوطن هو الا يحدث ذلك كله.
من افضل ماقرأت.

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.
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!!
Dalia Ammar
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heartbreaking
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.
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.
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 .....
نورهان بلحي
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-ones
it's a heartbreaking yet true
آية
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My best
Kumasama
Jun 05, 2020 rated it liked it
*Score: 7/10 (3.5/5)*

This is a pretty good and focused novella, with themes of home and national identity. It portrays a couple who return to their hometown after 20 years to find their son, and the emotions associated with facing changes to your memories and thoughts about a place that you once have known to be the only one you belong to.

Good emotional storytelling, though tends to be a bit over dramatic (understandable given this is the prevalent style of arabic literature), however it felt f
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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."
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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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 read his
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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.
Amal Dhouib
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: palestine
I didn't realize I was crying until I finished it and that's how hard this story hit me. Ghassen is literally one of the really few authors that can break your heart to pieces in really few pages. Highly highly recommend !!
Jana Chehab
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was one hell of an emotional roller-coaster. It reminded me that Palestine will always be something worth fighting for, despite our defeat, cowardice, tears, and countless inabilities. I felt homesick for a land I have never stepped foot in. I hope I will (someday).
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
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.
Erza
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I WQNT TO RAED THIS STORYYYYYY
Meriem
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
it makes you feel something different .
Abdallah Raheem
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Almost cried.
Indran Fernando
...I forgot that I read this! My notes in the margins show I must have been quite unprepared to read it in 2015... So I need to read it again sooner or later.
Mahmoud Elsisy
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
It is good
but it doesn't have new ideas
Ghadeer Alwadak
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Breathtaking story!
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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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