Palestine Book Club


Discussion about fiction writing by the Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani


Wednesday, 18th April 2018, 18:30 - 20:00


Discussion on Palestinian History and Culture, Convened by Andy Simons 


Ghassan Kanafani was one of the great martyrs for Palestinian justice.  Born in Acre, he was 12 years old during the 1948 Nakba.  He also grew up in Damascus to become a journalist, fiction writer, and editor, settling in Beirut.

Men in the Sun (1962) appeared in an Arabic edition in 1956 that was so well known throughout the Arab world that it served as the script for the very first Palestinian feature film in 1972.  When he was assassinated in that year, he’d become the most prominent Palestinian writer of novels, such as All That’s Left to You (1966) and Returning to Haifa (1970), which has recently had a sold-out run as a stage play in London.  These are widely published in English translation, including his short stories, and Palestine Book Group participants are welcome to discuss any of them.


An informal, monthly reading group in which recent, non-expensive books on Palestinian history and culture can be discussed. Titles for the next session will be chosen by consensus.. Attendance is by registration, and booking is essential.


Andy Simons, the host, is the retired British Library Curator of UK 20th Century publications, and runs palestinebooks.net, the most complete bibliography of English-language books on the history of the Palestinian struggle.


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