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The Little Lantern


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by Ghassan Kanafani

Every year Ghassan would write and illustrate a book for his niece for her birthday . . . We were sitting together sitting together in our home in Beirut in January 1963 as Ghassan translated The Little Lattern for me . . .

Ghassan Kanafani, Palestinian journalist, novelist and short story writer, was born in Acre, in the north of Palestine on April 9, 1936. He and his family shared the fate of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were expelled from Palestine since 1948 as a result of the establishment of Israel.

In 1960, Ghassan settled in Beirut where he lived and worked. On July 8, 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 of culture, politics and the Palestinian people’s struggle. His works have been republished in 23 different countries. Although Ghassan’s literary works were an expression of the Palestinian people and their cause, his literary talent gave his works a universal appeal.


Ghassan Kanafani Cultural Foundation
ISBN 9789953004112
72 pages, colour