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The following is from the website of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinea Marxist-Leninist organization that has been waging armed struggle against U. Please make it easier to conduct research by listing ISBNs.Here it was again, its front balcony bearing its coat of yellow paint. To Kanafani, the resistance movement is the only way forward given that Palestinians have nothing to lose but their misery. He spent much of his free time absorbed in Russian literature. Their deaths are to be blamed, not on the effect of the stifling effect of the sun's heat, but on their maintaining silence as they suffer. In fact, he himself was the one who had forbidden it. Yet more dust . Their other son, Khalid, with them in Ramallah, had joined the fedayeen with his father's blessing. There was a new clothesline attached to two pegs on the balcony; new bits of washing, red and white, hung on the line.
Only now did he feel tired, that he had lived his life in vain. The intensity of heat within the water carrier is such that no one could survive more than several minutes, and indeed they expire inside as Khaizuran is drawn into trading anecdotes that play up a non-existent virility—they address him as though he were effeminized, with the garrulous Abu Baqir outside in an office.
There was a new clothesline attached to two pegs on the balcony; new bits of washing, red and white, hung on the line.
Footnotes 1. The script was written by a Palestinian writer who was assassinated in a car bomb by Israeli agents in Lebanon in At the end of this conversation, Said announces that he has another son called Khalid and who has joined the Fidayeen Freedom fighters.
Abul Khaizuran, the truck driver, tries to be brisk but is dragged into defending his honor as the Iraqi checkpoint officer teases him by suggesting he had been dallying with prostitutes.Post Nakba Palestinians held a romantic view of Palestine, lamenting their separation from their villages, families and lost land. In , Kanafani was forced to briefly go underground since he, as a stateless person , lacked proper identification papers. Suddenly, the house loomed up, the very house he had first lived in, then kept alive in his memory for so long. However, Returning to Haifa is a progressive novel, inviting Palestinians to get rid of the past and work towards a better future. The novel ends with the couple returning back from their journey having realized that Palestine is not what it was but it is what it will be. The script was written by a Palestinian writer who was assassinated in a car bomb by Israeli agents in Lebanon in It is this line that offers hope to Said and to most Palestinians; it is the resistance movement. What differentiates Kanafani from other Palestinian writers is his progressive thinking whereby his writing urges people to resist their circumstances and employ their capacities to work towards a better future. The couple must learn to face the fact that their five-month-old child, a son they were forced to leave behind in their home in Haifa in , has been raised as an Israeli Jew, an echo of the Solomonic judgement. Riley, Lynne Rienner Publishers, London , p.
Born in Acre inKanafani witnessed the struggle of his people during the Nakba catastrophe in which led to the establishment of the state of Israeli and the deportation of overPalestinians from their homes and many thousands killed.