to Ghassan Kanafani's official Internet site. This site is still under
construction and was launched to commemorate the 70th Birthday of
We hope its content will help you know more about Ghassan, his life,
and his work.
Kanafani, the famous Palestinian journalist,
novelist, and short story writer, whose writings
were deeply rooted in Arab Palestinian culture,
inspired a whole generation during and after
his lifetime, both in word and deed.
He was born in Acre in the North of Palestine
on 9th April 1936 and lived in Jaffa until
May 1948, when he was forced to leave with
family first to Lebanon and later to Syria.
He lived and worked in Damascus, then Kuwait
and later in Beirut from 1960 onwards. In
July 1972, he and his young niece Lamis
were killed by Israeli agents in a car bomb
explosion in Beirut.
By the time of his untimely death, Ghassan
had published eighteen books and written
hundreds of articles on culture, politics,
and the Palestinian people's struggle. Following
his assassination, all his books were re-published
in several editions in Arabic. His novels,
short stories, plays and essays were also
collected and published in four volumes.
Many of Ghassan's literary works have been
translated into seventeen languages and
published in more than twenty different
countries. Some have been adapted for radio
plays and theatrical performances in several
Arab and foreign countries. Two of his novels
were adapted for the screen and turned into
feature films. His literary works written
between 1956 and 1972 are as important today
as they were then. Although Ghassan's novels,
short stories and most of his other literary
work were an expression of the Palestinian
people and their cause, yet his great literary
talents gave his works a universal appeal.
"Children are on future", Ghassan
often said. He wrote many stories in which
children are the heroes. A collection of
his short stories was published in Beirut,
in 1978, under the title "Ghassan Kanafani's
Children". The English translation,
first published in 1984 and republished
in 2000, was entitled "Palestine's