For those preferring shorter reads than Ulysses, the Friends also sponsor single discussions of shorter literary works.
Their April 9th discussion will focus on short stories by Ghassan Kanafani. Kanafani was a Palestinian novelist, short-story writer and dramatist. He was also a spokesperson for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. He was killed by a car bomb in Beirut in 1972, allegedly by the Mossad. (Additional information )
"The main themes in his writings are uprootedness, exile and national struggle. He often used in his stories the desert and its heat as a symbol for the plight of the Palestinian people…Kanafani’s life and career as a writer was closely connected to the situation of the Palestinians, and his intense invoilvement in Palestinian affairs gave him a unique vantage point." [from Books and Writers]
Copies of the story collection, Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories are available in the Takoma Park Library. All are welcome to join the Friends Reading Group discussions, which are held in the Community Center at 7:30 p.m.Posted by library at March 18, 2013 03:13 PM