Get ready for the 28th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair : October 26 to November 6th at the Sharjah Expo Center. This 10-day annual event now draws a total of 750 publishers showcasing books from nearly 42 nations, and attracts over 400,000 GCC visitors.
On Monday, October 4th we discussed Men in the Sun (رجال في الشمس, rijal fi-sh-shams) by Ghassan Kanafani. Considered a major modernizing influence on Arab literature and still a major figure in Palestinian literature today, Kanafani was an early proponent of complex narrative structures, using flashback effects and a chorus of narrator voices for effect. His writings focused mainly on the themes of Palestinian liberation and struggle, and often touched upon his own experiences as a refugee.
Kanafani’s collection Men in the Sun & Other Palestinian Stories is based on many autobiographical events in Kanafani’s life. The stories in this collection share the common elements of isolation, disorientation and tragedy.