Monday, August 5, 2013

The Land of the Sad Orange by Ghassan Kanafani

In the letter by social activist Hassan Karajah, which was posted earlier, he refers to the land of the sad orange.

Ghassan Kanafani was born in Akka Palestine in 1936 and died, as a result of an
Israeli bomb planted to his car on 8th July 1972. His Danish wife Annie, described the
event saying: “…We used to go shopping together every Saturday morning, on that
day he accompanied his niece Lamees. A few minutes after they left, I heard the sound
of a huge explosion. I ran but only saw remanence of our exploded small car. Lamees
was a few meters away from the spot, but I could not find Ghassan. I hoped to find
him injured, but I only found his left leg. I was devastated, and our son Fayez, started
knocking his head against the wall. Little layla was crying: Baba…Baba…I gathered
his remains, the Beiruti escorted him to his last resting place at the Shuhada
Cemetery where he was buried next to Lamees who loved him and died with him“

Kanafani is a prominent literary figure in the Arabic Literature and worldwide. His
works were translated to many different languages. During his short life he enriched
the Arabic library by with valuable collection of publications, varying from novel to
short story to literary researches and political essays. “The Land of the Sad Orange”
is one of his early stories that depicts the influence of the deportation on the
Palestinians when the Israeli troops took over their country in 1948.

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