Men in the Sun (رجال في الشمس, rijal fi-sh-shams) by Ghassan Kanafani

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.

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