Ghassan Kanafani

Ghassan Kanafani (Arabic غسان كنفاني, Gassan Kanafani DMG; born April 9, 1936 in Akka, † July 8, 1972 in Beirut ) was an Arab writer.

The son of a lawyer fled to the founding of Israel in 1948 with his family from Palestine first in Lebanon and soon to Syria. He studied in Damascus, then went as a sports and drawing teacher to Kuwait in 1960 and then again in Lebanon. There he first took over the editorship of the magazine " al - Muharrir " and the magazine " al - Hadaf ". In the meantime, he also held the editorship of the left magazine " al - Hurriya ".

In the seventies he was speaker of the " Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine " (PFLP ). He died in 1972 by an affixed by the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad in his car bomb. Focus of his literary work was the eviction, the loss of the land, exile and resistance.


  • The land of sad oranges (1983).
  • Men in the Sun ( Righal fi al- schams ). Orient, Berlin 1984, ISBN 3-922825-19-2.
  • Return to Haifa (1992).
  • Until we return Lenos Verlag, Basel 1996.