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يمثل غسان كنفاني مؤلف هذه الرواية نموذجاً خاصاً للكاتب السياسي
والروائي والقاص والناقد، فكان مبدعاً في كتاباته كما كان مبدعاً في حياته ونضاله واستشهاده. وقد نال عام 1966 جائزة أصدقاء الكتاب في لبنان "لأفضل رواية عن روايته" ما تبقى لكم كما نال جائزة منظمة الصحافيين العالمية (I.O.J) عام 1974، ونال جائزة "اللوتس" التي يمنحها اتحاد كتاب آسيا وأفريقيا عام 1975. وتعد روايته رجال
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Published 2002 by مؤسسة الأبحاث العربية (first published 1963)
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Ali Shawrdi نفس السؤال الذي سألته لنفسي !!! لماذا لم يطرقوا الخزان ؟؟؟ وياله من سؤال !!!! أتوقع ان غسان كنفاني اراد ان يوصل فكرة ان " العرب" هم من يساهمون بشكل او…moreنفس السؤال الذي سألته لنفسي !!! لماذا لم يطرقوا الخزان ؟؟؟ وياله من سؤال !!!! أتوقع ان غسان كنفاني اراد ان يوصل فكرة ان " العرب" هم من يساهمون بشكل او بأخر بموت الفلسطينييين وان الفلسطيني مكتوب عليه ان يواجه مصيره بنفسه ...(less)

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Abeer Abdullah
What an incredible, exhausting and excruciating book. It's so short but I had to take breaks because it is devastating to see so clearly and transparently, how painful a person's life can be, an entire people's lives can be. I've been reading some very important books and it begins to feel that writing things as trivial as Goodreads responses to things as monumentally important as these stories is a huge responsibility that I want to avoid. In light of this massive refugee crisis, please do read ...more
Suad Shamma
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2017, classics, favourites
I've had this page open all day, and I still don't know how to start.

I don't know what to say about this book that hasn't already been said. I don't how to describe this book in ways different than the ways it's already been described.

This book is personal to me, so very personal, because I am a Palestinian, born and raised in the United Arab Emirates. I am a Palestinian, who only stepped foot in Palestine only once in my life - a year ago. I am a Palestinian, who was born to Palestinian paren
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Bayan Haddad
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read Men in the Sun when I was in the sixth grade and couldn't comprehend the story without the help of the teacher. I felt I was reading something important but couldn't tell how and why.
Now that I've read it again, things have become clearer. Feelings of disappointment, anger, resistance, and tragedy spring up while reading. It's not merely a story of three men die while their smuggler gets trapped in a silly chat with a border officer. It's an embodiment of the Palestinian situation
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Adam
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1900-1969, prose
Palestinian literature has emerged as an unlikely star of world literature. It is likely the most widely read and critically acclaimed and studied literature of the so-called Arab world, and is also marked by a fascinating and unique claim to universal, worldwide status. Palestinian literature is often not written in Palestine and not even set there, an inevitable consequence of the state of Palestinian national identity, which exists everywhere from the desolate refugee camps of the Arab world ...more
Tim
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dania
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-booked-up
I cried at the last story. It was very easy to relate to at the current point in my life where I am decided what, if anything, I owe this country. And I am trying to measure that up with the desire for an easier safer life with its own set of difficulties, most of which will be spiritual and not physical.

Overall it was a cohesive collection that breathed life into different lives, forcing the reader to feel and understand what is already difficult to communicate. Nobody wants to have to explain
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J.M. Hushour
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kanafani was a promising Palestinian novelist who did that ultimate no-no (especially in the Middle East!) and got mixed up in politics. Thus, he and his teen aged niece got blown up when he started his car, courtesy of the Mossad.
It's never easy nor even desirable to separate one's politics from one's writings. Indeed, if you're a Palestinian or Israeli, it's probably virtually impossible (Meir Shalev a notable exception), but you can read Kanafani without knowing any of that crap.
"Men in the S
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Zahraa
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know what to say

: https://youtu.be/Q6IPtRIDzoA
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Tsung
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a slim collection of a novella and six short stories which are brilliantly written. Rather than being politically charged, it instead concentrates on more general issues surrounding life and living.

Common themes which appear in the stories are life and on the flipside, death. Also commonly featured are people who are trapped in their circumstances with limited options. There were those trapped by physical injuries and handicaps. There was symbolism and imagery in stories like “The Land o
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Rania
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My first real encounter with Ghassan Kanafany, and definitely not the last. In this distinguished book, Kanafany displays his skill, using a very lively and expressive kind of language, in depicting the everlasting misery of Palestinians who were coerced to leave their homeland and search for some other place, not to live, but to simply survive. However, they discover that they are just escaping death in order to embrace death. Through Kanafani, we are able to enter the three escapees' minds and ...more
Zoulfa Katouh
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is just amazing. I dont know how to describe it without jumping up and down and bursting into tears. This book hit home. It really did. The whole book is a metaphor. Everything is something. It brought tears to my eyes and my heart bleed. It is rare to find a gem in a book of what was it? 96 pages only? For someone to be able to move the reader in just 96 pages is truly a genius thing to do. This book will haunt me till the day I die.
Ghada Arafat
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book years ago but I still remember how it made me feel specially that I read it while I was in Gaza during the Intifada. The only thing that made me put it down was when bombing started.
Ruba
Mar 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ghassan-knafani
This novel is one of the most wonderful and touching stories, that talks about the palestinian suffering in on of remarkable novels EVER
Thomas Hübner
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
http://www.mytwostotinki.com/?p=1458

That people are leaving their home countries because they want to find a better life somewhere else is a phenomenon that is probably as old as mankind itself. But to me it seems that the extent and speed of this migration has increased a lot in the 20th and 21st centuries beyond anything experienced before.

Apart from the increase of the number of migrants, there is something else that puzzles me about this development: the cynicism and application of double st
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Melissa Chalhoub
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
I read this book knowing how it's gonna end, because we learned about the film adaptation in uni. I'm glad i knew, cause that ending is brutal. This story is about 3 Palestinians trying to get smuggled into Kuwait, as it's known as the land of money. We learn about their reasons first and then follow them on their journey.
History keeps repeating itself, and books like this one will always be relevent. Hundrends are dying in the Mediterranean sea, and people are nitpicking about the legality of s
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DubaiReader
This is a difficult book to review because I'm not sure if the confusion I felt while reading this was due to the author's writing, or translator errors. There were several times where I wasn't sure which character was being referred to and even a re-read didn't always clarify the question. Considering the blurb above says "In the unsparing clarity of his writing", I suspect this was caused by the translation.

Ignoring the issues I had, this was an interesting read, very close to the bone at time
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Ira Therebel
This is a collection of a novella "Men in the son" and several short stories written by Palestinian activist and journalist Ghassan Kanafani who is considered to be a very influential Palestinian writer.

It is very well written. All those stories talk about Palestinian situation shortly after Jewish occupation and yet are written in a very universal way so that they are a good read for people from different backgrounds who don't know the situation too well

Those stories are presenting a lot of tr
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Asim Qureshi
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: resistance
When I posted online that I was about to read 'Men in the Sun' by Ghassan's Kanafani, a friend remarked that it was, "unbearably sad." As someone who works with trauma survivors, I am often confronted with the unbearably sad, but I simply was not prepared for the different ways in which this book would affect me.

Kanafani's prose are remarkably stunning, for the literary aesthete this would be enough, but it is the heart that his writing cuts away at. As a non-Palestinian, he takes us through la
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Hind
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, fiction
Oh man, so powerful. Maybe even more so now than back then, considering all the horror stories about refugees lately.
Kate
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an incredibly good small collection of short stories. The title story, Men in the Sun, is haunting but in a horrifying way. It's the story of four men, three of whom have paid the fourth to smuggle them into Kuwait where they hoped to find work to support their families at home. The smuggler is not a bad person, he seems to want to help them achieve their goal at the same time, he wants to make a bit of money on the side by taking them there. The journey and the end of the journey will s ...more
Tinea
Aug 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tinea by: Ghassan in Beit Sahour
Shelves: place, high-lit
A short novella about Palestinian refugees struggling to make ends meet and deciding to try and smuggle themselves to Kuwait for work, and some other stories. Good.

Even better was the story of how I came upon this book: A few years ago I spent a little time in the West bank with a guy named Ghassan who was named after poet and author Ghassan Kanafani, the "voice of Palestine." I promised to look him up and never really did. Last week I was checking out used bookstores in Philly, which I was real
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Jumana
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Although the ending was heartbreaking, 'Men in the Sun' is a truly extraordinary book.

I know as a fact that there was the war between Palestine and Israel and that there were illegal immigrants. I am Palestinian but usually don't like to know the pain my beautiful country goes through. There's too much love for Palestine for me to even hear about the catastrophes. However, I have decided to read this book because I thought that I need to know more about how strong Palestine is. I needed to know
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Fatima zahra
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Men in the Sun" ... what an agonizing devastating story for 3 men who have lost their country, their homes and with it every hope in persuing a fair life. their only hope was to get to Kuweit to get a job that wuld enable them to look after their poor families.
While embarking on this journey, they couldn't get over the fear they felt, fear of dying anonymously, fear of what is hidden in that faraway country, fear that their dreams might not come true BUT they had no choice.
That was their only
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Ben
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels, arabic
First time reading Kanafani and I was not one bit disappointed. He proved to be a major stylist and story-teller before everything, and a patriot and a strong advocate of his people at the same time. The story is powerful and moving and will make a strong mark even on those who are not particularly interested in the Palestinian-Isreal conflict.
Omnia
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You know this feeling you get when you're sitting down and watching people, and you think each one of them has a story of their own? and you're enveloped in the idea that you'll never know these stories? well, this tale solves that.
It takes you and throws you into the story of mere normal people and shows you their adventure.
it is heart-wrenching and illuminating.
Dana Suaifan
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
That was the saddest thing ever! Why?
I only started understanding the story when I was half way through the book because I am weak Arabic reader. My aim is to read more Arabic because I am crap at it even tho it supposed to be first language.
Pep Bonet
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel-la, àrab-ps
Short and nice book which doesn't leave the reader indifferent. The book is composed of a short novella and very short stories. Most stories turn around the loss of the country, living abroad, but all share a sad feeling, sad situations, which reflect the sad destiny of a community.
Martin Peel
I feel the ned to read about Palestine: there is a substantial literature out there. I asked here at King's and was recommended Ghassan Kanafani as a starting point. Kanafani was a teacher, journalist and activist for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. He died in a car bomb explosion in Beirut in 1972.

These stories are intense. The politics of the Palestinian situation suffuse everything. Kanafani writes in such a way that point of view and the time of events in his stories is fl
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Nahed Elrayes
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I've ever read any book - novella or a full-length novel - that fucked me up the way these 52 pages did. It brings a feeling at once uniquely horrific, and familiar: the confusion, the powerlessness, the alienation, the omnipresent sense of betrayal, and above all, the guilt; all of the pathologies and irresolutions that linger in the blood of the diaspora.
Kanafani, who realized in 1962 that the tragic was already the banal in Palestine, deliberately avoids any reference to real po
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Jo
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I sought out this book of short stories after it was recommended by Edward W. Said in his ‘Reflections on Exile and Other Essays’. It is quite breathtaking in its visceral human reality. Rather than political preaching, Kanafani tells stories about ordinary people, the internal and external facts and feelings that shape and drive their lives. Their lives are lived in the context of the injustices done to Palestine and Palestinians, as real now in 2020 as in the 1950s and 60s when Kanafani w ...more
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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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